Says church critical to societal development
Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has expressed displeasure over what he described as the resurgence of idolatry practice in Anambra State, Ikengaonline reports.
The Governor had, last year, frowned at the rate of idolatry among the people of the state especially youths, alleging that the practice contributes to the rising kidnappings and ritual killings in the state.
Speaking at the First Session of the 13th Synod of the Awka Anglican Diocese which held at St Peter’s Church, Agulu in Anaocha LGA Anambra State on Saturday, the governor warned that the practice will no longer be tolerated in the state.
He said: “Anambra is not a state for idol worshiping. Anambra cannot take the resurgence of idolatry for granted.”
The Governor, who noted that the body of Christ is one, emphasised the importance of defining the Christian identity for the upcoming generation.
“As we build the symbol of the state, we must ingrain it as a state, predominantly dominated by Christians,” Governor Soludo stated.
The Governor reiterated call for the church to rise to the occasion and take responsibility for a better Anambra.
He revealed that while the government has a role to play, individuals, institutions, and the church play a larger role in the journey to a liveable and prosperous homeland.
He commended the church for their support and collaboration, describing them as a vital partner.
“Taking Anambra to the next level will require all of us working together. We must bond together as a state, including the entire South-East.
“Because the church represents who we are, we must unite and work harder to move Anambra forward.”
“There is a call to duty as well as a call to action! “The church has a role to play in shifting the situation from a perilous to a glamorous society.
“We must be the change we want to see because we will be known by our fruits.
“The society would be a better place if every family or individuals live out the true meaning of our calling as Christians.
“Our personal and collective responsibility is where the action is,” the Governor stressed.
He urged churches to desilt drainages, plant trees, campaign towards stopping running water flowing out from residential houses, which causes erosion, and reintroduce its missionary component, which includes building schools and educating the poor.
Earlier, while delivering his homily, the Archbishop, Province of Niger Province and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, extolled the governor for the ongoing road and infrastructural development of the state. He also applauded the governor’s employment of five thousand teachers to beef-up manpower in the state’s education system.
The Prelate, however, urged the government not to relent but strive hard in ensuring that Anambra is transformed into modern state as promised on assumption of office.