SAPELE — The over 20 Bishops of the Anglican Diocese of Sapele, weekend, condemned the introduction of Islamic banking in the country.
In a communique issued at the end of their First Synod held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ogharefe, Delta State, the bishops urged the government to “review the conditions for the approval of non-interest banking and make all possible amendment that would ensure the interest of every religious group in Nigeria”.
The communique read by the host, Bishop Blessing Avbenayaeri Erifeta, also tasked political leaders to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, as this is their service to God.
The Ccommuniqué signed by Bishop Erifeta and Rev. Canon T. O. Usikaro, the Synod Clerical secretary, also condemned Boko Haram extremism, the wanton killing of NYSC members in some states, ritual killing and kidnapping in Nigeria.
Speaking at the synod, Bishop of the Sapele Diocese, Dr Erifeta, tasked Nigeria’s leaders to always remember that they were there “for the purpose of salvaging the plight of the citizenry who suffer in the midst of plenty and to fight infrastructural decay and provide Nigerians with water, electricity, good roads— amenities that should be taken for granted in a modern nation.
He said: “To fail in this great duty and to begin to serve only personal interests is to fail both man and God”.
The bishops further said “every person in position of leadership in churches, politics, civil service and the society in general is also included in this call so as to make God’s love be fulfilled in mankind.”
While congratulating President Goodluck Jonathan and other elected officials on their elections, the Synod called on government to strengthen the judiciary.
While the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh sent a goodwill message to the synod, Bishop Blessing Enyindah of Ikwere was the guest preacher. Bishop Theologian of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Prof. Dapo Asaju, CON, delivered a lecture on
“The Church as an instrument of Positive Change in a Dicey Polictic and Economic Situation. Other Bishops present include Dr. F.J. Imaekhai (Bendel Ecclesiastical Privince), C. I. Ide of Warri, P. Onekpe of Ika, J.E. Oyepken, Akoko-Edo, Prof. John Akao, Sabongida-Ora, C.O.Odutemi, Ughelli, E. B. Emamezi, Western Izon, O. Obiosa, Ndukwa,Jacob Bada of Etsako, J.F.E Edewor, Oleh, P.O. J. Imasuen, Benin, Justus Mogekwu, Asaba, Bishop N.A. Enuku, Bishop V.O. Moughereh formerly of Ugheli and Warri respectively, and others