May 15, 2016

Corruption: Ademowo calls for restoration of value system


By Olayinka Latona

Dean Emeritus Church of Nigeria (Anglican Commun-ion), Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo has called for restoration of the nation’s lost value system, saying the right value system will have positive impact on the ongoing fight against eradication of corruption which has eaten deep into the nation’s system.

Ademowo made the call while addressing journalists at the just concluded First Session of the 31st synod of Diocese of Lagos and Epi-scopal awards ceremony of  held at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos with the theme: “The marks of the church”.

He said most Nigerians have sacrificed their value system on the altar of greed, indisci-pline, selfishness and insatia-ble craze for material wealth acquisition, adding that until the value system is restored, government could not do much.

He said: “At this juncture, I make a clarion call to all Nigerians that with regard to corruption, we must not only recoup stolen funds, we must rediscover lost public ethics. We also need to establish the mindset that corruption is criminal and do away with the mentality that has treated it as correct public etiquette”.

The bishop then called on the Federal Government to create enabling environment for job creation and ensure that the youths are gainfully employed. On the theme of the synod, the cleric said the programme was to highlight the signs of a true church: “Activities of charlatans in  Christendom are daily cast-ing aspersions on the church as a whole. Teeming majority have fallen prey of the nefarious activities of these unholy assemblies in the cloak of the true church. Believers must be able to identify the true church, hence the theme of this year’s synod”, he said.

The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Mainland, Most Rev. Adebayo Akinde, urged the congregation to pray for revival in the church and the nation as a whole.

Appreciating the church for honoring them, the awardees thanked God who had made it possible for them honoured. Responding, Retired Bishop of Ifo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Joseph Odejide and Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Provin-ce, Rt. Rev.  Caleb Maduoma advised upcoming priests to work hard and be faithful to their calling.