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Anglican Synod calls for peaceful coexistence, prayers for Nigeria

The Synod, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion promise to continue to pray for the unity, peace and progress of the country.

This is contained in a communique issued on Wednesday at the end of the third session of the eleventh Synod of the Diocese of Abuja. The communique was co-signed by the president of the Synod, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, and Secretary, Joshua Lambert.

The body made a clarion call to the political leaders to foster unity across the country and deliver on their electioneering promises towards national rebirth.

The Synod advised those aggrieved after the just concluded primaries of political parties not to resort to violence or promote disunity and disharmony, but seek for redress in courts.

The Synod urged all eligible Nigerians obtain their Permanent Voters Card in order to participate in the forthcoming general elections. They also advised citizens to go out without fear of intimidation and elect leaders of their choice during the elections.

The body urged security agencies, faith-based organizations and all stakeholders to provide the necessary oversight, to ensure peaceful elections.

The Synod commended President Mohammadu Buhari for signing the 2022 amended Electoral Act and charged INEC to ensure a smooth, free and fair electoral process.

The theme of this year synod “The Bind of Peace, The inner structure of the life of the church” this is to examined the importance of exerting all powers to make a resolute determination to maintain oneness in Christ. On this note the Church will strive to unify people of every tribe and races, and encourage people to embrace tolerance, equity, selflessness and fairness. According to the synod church, love was the perfect bond that encouraged team work to ensure proper nurturing, mentoring, discipleship and evangelism, for the growth of the nation.

However, the government was urge to find lasting solutions to issues bordering on education, insecurity, power sector, brain-drain, governance and health challenges tackling such issues was fundamental for a united and prosperous nation.

It condemned domestic violence and called on relevant religious and socio-cultural institutions to inculcate family virtues of love, tolerance and unity in homes and communities.

The Synod urged government to carry out thorough investigations on recent attacks, hold perpetrators accountable and ensure justice to the victims. Justice brings about healing in the society, they said.

The Synod advised government at all levels to review their economic policies alongside current realities and to diversify the economy by expanding opportunities in agriculture and solid minerals sectors, in order to alleviate the hardships faced by the citizenry. (NAN)

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