By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Diocese of Ekiti West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has expressed worry over upsurge in violence and criminal activities in the country.
The Diocese at the Second Session of its 7th Synod urged the Federal Government to reconsider the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference Report on the creation of State Police.
The Synod which held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Erijiyan-Ekiti, was presided over by the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rufus Ajileye Adepoju,and had as its theme “Occupy Till I Come.”
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the synod which was made available to our correspondent on Monday, the church deplored the unending spate of kidnapping, banditry and terrorism in the country.
It tasked the Federal Government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other Nigerians in captivity of insurgents and kidnappers across the country.
The Church stressed that the freedom of the hostages must be secured “even if it means engaging the services of international negotiators.”
The Synod advised the Federal Government to address the root cause of insecurity by providing employment opportunities for the youth and bridging the gap between the rich and the poor on the society.
It further expressed dismay that there is no improvement in the nation’s health sector which engender medical tourism abroad by privileged Nigerians leaving the leas privileged ones to their fate of making do with inadequate medical facilities available locally.
The communiqué reads in part: “Synod thanks the Almighty God that Nigeria survived the potentially volatile general elections that held earlier in the year. The palpable fear of possibility of total breakdown of laws and order was divinely averted.
“Synod reiterates that politics is not a do or die affair and calls on politicians to desist from heating up the polity for the sake of their political ambitions.
“Synod challenges the three arms of government to respect the democratic principles of the rule of law and separation of powers.
“Synod decries the heightened state of insecurity in the country where lives are lost in their hundreds on a daily basis through banditry, kidnaps, and terrorism.
“Synod notes with dismay the admission by the Federal Government of Nigeria that some of these atrocities are perpetuated by arm-bearing foreigners who roam parts of the country freely.
“Synod urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently address some of the root causes of the problem such as youth unemployment, the gap between the rich and the poor, corruption, failure of the education system, before there is a total collapse in the civil society.
“Synod calls on the Federal Government to reconsider the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference on the creation of State Police.
“Synod continues to call for actions to ensure the release of Leah Shaibu, the remaining Chibok girls and others who have been held captive for years, even if it means engaging the services of international negotiators.
“Synod warns of an imminent slide into another recession of the Nigerian economy and it urges the Government to take prompt and decisive steps to address the perennial electricity supply deficiency, which is paralyzing the Nigerian economy and social life.
“Synod lauds the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in transforming the transportation sector with the ongoing construction of standard rail gauge lines across the country.
“Synod believes that provision of basic utilities would bring succour to ordinary Nigerians and calls on the Government to extend such gesture to other segments of the transportation sector, especially tarred roads.
“Synod applauds the Government on the increase in minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000 and encourages the urgent implementation of the new law by all concerned.
“Synod calls on the government to look into its policies on agriculture to curb the widespread use of hazardous materials in agricultural practices in Nigeria.
“The parlous state of the education sector in Nigeria gives the Synod serious concerns, especially as it notes the deplorable state of infrastructure in that sector.
“Synod urges government at all levels to declare a state of emergency in the education sector forthwith.
“Synod notes with consternation the paralysis in the health sector and laments the dire situation where some fortunate Nigerians embark on medical tourism abroad, leading to serious capital flight, while the less fortunate ones are left to their faith with the prevailing inadequate medical facilities at home.
“Synod therefore urges government to pay more attention to the medical needs of all Nigerians.”