Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor has decried the level of inordinate ambition in Nigeria.
According to the cleric, the get-rich-quick syndrome especially among the youths has led into various degrees of crime in the society and has heightened the insecurity situation in the land.
Okorafor, who made the remarks during an Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emii parish at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Emii in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, noted with regret a recent survey that placed Nigeria with the highest record of kidnapping world over. He observed that the issue of kidnapping was no longer prevalent only in South South and South East, but virtually cutting across all zones of the country.
While appreciating the efforts of the Police and other security agencies in trying to cub the menace, the Bishop said they need to do more, adding that the state of insecurity in the country was taking dangerous dimension.
The Anglican Prelate expressed reservations that in spite of the bail out to state governments by the Federal Government, industrial harmony in several states were being threatened due to unpaid salary areas owed workers. He noted that the situation was already adversely affecting the economy, not only in the concerned states but nationwide.
The Bishop who was particularly irked by the parity in the payment of salary areas in Imo State where the case of parastatals and pensioners, especially retired primary school teachers, were still unresolved and wondered if the claimed payments were mere illusions.
He said all Nigerians need now was the grace of God in order to overcome the predicaments facing the nation, especially. The cleric however, urged for the unrelenting prayers of all faithful.
Meanwhile, the cleric applauded the Vicar, and Archdeacon Ven. Morrison Nwoke, his wife Lois, the clerics and other Church workers in the parish for assembling the number of candidates presented during admission into the various five arms of the Church.
Earlier in his sermon the Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Progress Okoroafor advised Christians to resist being distracted in their service to God and His Church. He noted that some of the problems plaguing the country were attributable to the diversion in programme and polices of government at the flimsiest reason.
Siting the biblical case in Nehemiah 6 verse 3 following, Rev Okoroafor averred that for the nation to move forward, it should put aside every element capable of causing any distraction in its policies and programme, stressing that Nehemiah was able to the rebuild the wall because he resisted being distracted.
While enumerating such elements in their lives that constitute distractions to their services in the house of God, he particularly cautioned against bringing village politics to the Church, adding that nothing slows down the growth of any Church as allowing such local acrimonies to creep into the Church.
Story by: GeorgeBest Okoro,
Owerri, Imo State.