Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba on Wednesday asked President Bola Tinubu to be more intentional and proactive in piloting the affairs of the nation.
He described as inadequate and unsustainable measures by federal government to cushion effects of the petrol subsidy removal, stressing need for improvement.
Ndukuba spoke at the 14th General Synod, Church of Nigeria, held at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Nnewichi, in Nnewi, themed: “Arise and Build: God’s Mandate For God’s People In A Broken World”.
He said, “Nigerians are longing for the birth of a new Nigeria. Give more opportunity to women and young people.
“Nigerians demand a Political leadership that will respect the people’s rights and welfare as well as promote equality for all.
“The measures by the federal government to cushion the effects of the petrol subsidy removal are inadequate and unsustainable and therefore need to be improved upon.”
Describing Niger as an extension of the North West, the Prelate warned that any military intervention in that country would stir up emotions, just as he canvassed for deployment of diplomatic solutions.
Also speaking, Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo asked the church to join in the efforts to unite and rebuild the country.
He commended the church’s immense contributions to society, including building schools, running hospitals, doing work of charity, challenging all to play their own roles to become the change they want to see.
He said, “The church is one and must strive to live as one, it cannot cover reasonable distance, walking alone. It is only if we go together, that we can build this society.
“During the recruitment of teachers we conducted in the state which was adjudged as “unNigerian”, we tried to recruit the best, not on the basis of their tribe or state of origin”.
“We must begin to deal with people based on who they are. Only then can we truly profess that we are christians.”
Archbishop of Province of the Niger, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim described Anambra as well blessed, urging all to arise, take initiative, in a purposeful intention to build what was broken and winning the world for Jesus Christ.
The Synod had Archbishops, Bishops and delegates, across Nigeria in attendance.