BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—AHEAD of 2015, Umuahia Diocese of Anglican Church has called on Christians in Nigeria to shun political apathy and participate fully in all the electoral processes, especially voters’ registration.
The church reminded Christians that participating in the electoral process would enable them vote and be voted for.
It also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the government to improve on the performance of the 2011 elections.
The church, in a communiqué issued at the end of the seventh Synod of the Diocese held at All Souls’ Church, Bende, in Bende/Itumbuzo Archdeaconry, noted with concern the heightening insecurity in the country, which took a new dimension with the insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorists group.
It called on the government to do all in its powers to tackle the problem of insecurity in the country.
The church also expressed concern over the gradual resurfacing of crime and criminality in the state, including kidnapping for ransom and urged the government not to relent in the fight against crime.
The communiqué, which was signed by Sir Chimdi Okorie and Ven. John Ogbonnah, equally noted with dissatisfaction the growing unemployment in the country, urging governments at all levels to take drastic and enduring measures to ensure that school leavers were gainfully employed.
While calling for active participation of all Christians in 2015 general elections, the church appealed to all politicians to exercise great care and caution in their utterances and actions to safeguard Nigeria against further instability.
It also warned the youths not to allow themselves to be used for political violence and other election vices.
It urged the Federal Government to hasten efforts to resolve the impasse between them and lecturers of polytechnics and colleges of education who have been on strike for over seven months.
The Synod commended Abia State government for returning two of its secondary schools to the church, and appealed for the return of Ibeku High School, Umuahia, to the church.