The Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt Rev Dr. Owen Nwokolo has called on Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently address the problem of insecurity bedeviling the country.
He also called for prayers and Spiritual sensitivity as one of the panacea to solve the myriad of problems facing mankind including the Covid 19 pandemic.
Bishop Nwokolo made the call during the 31st Synod of the Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger which ended yesterday at St Simon’s Church, Nnobi, Idemili South of Anambra State.
In a homily taken from the the book of Galatians 5:16 themed-‘Walk in the Spirit’ the bishop emphasized the need for God’s guidance and direction in every field of human endeavors including leadership.
“Human beings left to themselves have insatiable needs. The lust of the flesh drive people to wallow in different kinds of vices and corruption to achieve their goals which are sometimes negative.
“Any person who desires to walk in Spirit will receive wisdom from God on how to overcome challenges, temptations and achieve his God given goals without difficulty or displeasing God”, he said.
The Prelate also called on President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to prevail on his security chiefs to sit up in their duties of securing lives and property of the citizenry.
“The insecurity situation in the country is alarming ranging from killer herdsmen, Bokoharam, bandits all resulting to kidnapping, extortion and bloodletting. The president should task his service chiefs or sack them.
“We also need fervent prayers to tackle the Corona virus pandemic if there must be a solution. Meanwhile, everyone should adhere to the NCDC preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus”, said Nwokolo.
Also, Sub Dean All Saints cathedral, Onitsha, Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu said that the theme of the synod was timely saying that HolySpirit guidance was important for success in marriage, leadership, business and careers.
Moreover, the host vicar, St Simon’s Church, Nnobi, Venerable Christopher Amaku referring to the bishop’s sermon said that one can only walk in the Spirit through a life of submission to God.
“It is when you surrender your life to God that the Holy Spirit can come inside, direct and deposit the fruit and gifts of the Spirit for right living and service unto God”, said Amaku.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Synod committee, Sir Simon Omekaodimma thanked God for clement weather and the faith of the Bishop who was able to hold the synod successfully amidst the pandemic.
” Any Christian who is not walking in the Spirit will be a charf and carnal. I thank God for a successful synod. You can see how we observed the Covid 19 preventive measures”, said Omekaodimma.
By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto