By Our Reporter
The First Session of the Third Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe recently ended at St. Andrew’s Church, Okwelle, Onuimo L.G.A, Imo State with a thanksgiving service, special awards. fund-raising for diocesan projects during which over 26 bishops were in attendance apart from hundreds of delegates and invitees.
In his stirring presidential address with the theme; “Restoring what the locusts had eaten in social Symptology and Remediation,” the Bishop, Rt. Rev. E.C.D. Osuegbu, PhD, JP urged President Buhari to adopt the adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’ in his anti-corruption crusade.
He argued that it was easier and cheaper to stop the looting of government treasury than trying to recover looted money, adding that there had been reported cases of the recovered looted funds even being re-looted.
The Bishop of Okigwe lamented that over the years the locust of corruption at all levels of government has culminated in national economic, social and political decline as well as moral decadence.
He insisted that over the years the negative effects of the infestation of the locust on Nigeria include the dilapidation of infrastructure with the extinction of the Nigeria airways with all its fleet and assets as the Nigerian Railways Corporation and the power authority all got moribund.
In his words; “we have now reached a very dangerous point as the country is being sustained from one source – oil! Nigeria of today exists because of oil. Apart from oil, Nigeria is non-existent.”
In a 10-point communiqué after the synod, the diocese commended the federal government for her anti-corruption stance in all ramifications and enjoined families, schools and religious bodies to join in the fight.
The communiqué also called on the federal government to implement the recommendations of the National Conference, especially the creation of more states and the removal of the immunity clause from the constitution.
The synod called on the federal government to look into the problems of bad roads in the South-East in general and Imo State in particular.