Don’t turn pulpits into campaign grounds -Archbishop tells politcians From Emma Uwanekezi, Enugu

Outspoken Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Province, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, has condemned politicians who turn the pulpits into campaign grounds.

Speaking on the State of the nation in his address during the Third Session of the Fifteenth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu, recently, the Archbishop took a swipe at members of the clergy, both churches and mosques, who allow the situation to prevail.

The prelate condemned “the relative ease with which the clergy in the churches or mosques relinquish the hallowed chambers of God’s house to politicians for political purposes”, adding that “Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious secular nation that will continue to draw its strength form its diversity”.

He accused both the presidency and opposition party of the increasing recourse to religion to further their inordinate quest for power.

The Archbishop alluded to the recent visits to churches by the president to present “questionable” scorecards and agenda, saying that it was a “dangerous adventure that must stop immediately”. He regretted than in Nigeria today nothing matters anymore than the “Political permutation and calculations” for 2015.

Reeling out the achievement, of the diocese, Archbishop Chukwuma, who is also the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, thanked his wife Dr. (Mrs) Joyce Chukwuma (Mama Enugu) and all church workers who helped to make the synod a success.

He commended the doggedness of the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Awkunanaw venue of the synod, Canon Alwell Ibeagha, for making sure that the synod took place under the new roof of the church building saying “it is a great breakthrough for the church and all of us”.

The theme of the synod which took place between June 26 and June 29, 2014, was “The Power of Networking in Unity.”

Rt. Rev. Monday Chukwuma Nkwoagu, Bishop of Abakaliki, preached the sermon at the opening of the synod while the guest preacher at the closing ceremony was Rt. Rev. Praises Omolekun, Dean St. Francis of Assisi Theological Colleges, Wusasa, Zaria, Kaduna State.

In his sermon, Bishop Omolekun praised Archbishop Chukwuma for his large heart, nothing that without a man like him, projects in the diocese would have been abandoned.

He thanked the Bishop wife “for taking care of stomach”.

Referring to the theme of his sermon “power of networking in unity,” he explained networking in unity as networking by human beings of like mindedness who come together for any particular purpose they want to achieve together which may not be achieved if they do it individually.

In other words, he continued, we can also refer to networking here as a cooperation by like-minded people to achieve a common purpose and advised the congregation to pursue unity because with unity everything is attainable.

The service ended with the presentation of awards to deserving dignitaries.

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