Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has blamed the nation’s woes squarely on the high cost of governance by the ruling class.
Governor Obi bared his mind while speaking at the 2nd Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Oru which ended with a thanksgiving at St. Stephen’s Church, Otulu, last Sunday.
He lamented what he termed the much waste in the process of governance and challenged the citizens to always ask constructive questions regarding how the rulers spend their monthly allocations and their internally-generated revenue.
Apparently miffed at what he met in governance, the governor disclosed that he leased out his state’s lodge/guest houses in Lagos and Abuja for 25 years and has continuously avoided traveling in a chattered plane.
According to him, he had also avoided borrowing money for state projects, adding that these steps were aimed at plugging fund leakages in the state.
The governor, who was chief guest of honour at the synod, advised his colleagues to take the same steps, while also condemning bloated entourage of some governors.
Gov. Obi also stated that, rather than award contracts and inflate the costs, he chose to advance money to church leaders for the rehabilitation of schools and hospitals which he returned to the missions.
Obi, a two-term governor on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform, counseled clerics and individuals to stop celebrating politicians and highly placed people without knowing their sources of income.
According to him, celebrating people of questionable income induces more evil to the society.
He promised to help furnish the church building of Otulu as his own contribution but pointed out that he was not aiming at glorifying himself.
Reacting, the host Bishop, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunenye, described Gov. Obi as one who supports church work irrespective of denomination or location. He urged his colleagues to emulate his style.
In his presidential address at the synod, the bishop called on Christians to destroy all forms of altars in their lives that do not glorify God.
Bishop Chukwunenye whose theme was “Raising God’s Altar in the land”. The Gideon Example (Judges 6: 24) urged traditional rulers, parishioners, knights, women associations and other Christian organizations not to serve two masters at the same time.
He called on them as defenders of the faith to uproot altars connected with the ancestors, secret societies, cults or foreign deities.
Preaching the sermon at the thanksgiving service, a guest preacher from Anambra State, Ven. Prosper Amah, counseled Christians to carry the altar of God wherever they go, adding that God’s altar signifies knowing Jesus, being born again and spreading the gospel, as well as being a weapon of war against the devil.
According to him, Abraham was delivered by God because he was dedicated to God’s altar and God’s goodness trickled down to his children.
Daniel, he said, was also lifted unto be the king’s house where he interpreted dreams better than other false prophets because of his trust in God.
While urging them to avoid sin in order to strengthen this altar, he charged Christians not to be afraid of the forces of darkness because they bow to God.
Highlights of the synod was an award of excellence conferred on HRH Eze Sir Godpower Okafor Anyanwu of Etiti-Omuma who commended the Diocese for its grassroots evangelism.
There was also a fundraising for which many responded among them is Senator Hope Uzodinma who donated N2 million to St. Stephen’s Church and the Diocese as well as a bus for the women’s ministries.
Sen. Uzodinma also read the 1st lesson from Isaiah 65:17 – end while Barr. Innocent Oguaju-Dike handled the second lesson from Rev. 5:1 – end. Ven. Henry Ibeanusi of Emmanuel Church Ibiasoegbe conducted the services.