Offer God your souls, not money – Synod tells Christians

The Anglican Diocese of Oru in Imo State has called on “Christians to stop offering God money and other material items without first offering God a throne in their soul”.
In a 17-point communiqué following the 2016 Diocesan synod held at Emmanuel Church Ubulu, Oru West LGA, the diocese touched on sundry national issues, more so on Imo State.
The communiqué expressed surprise at the insolvent State of Imo state which the governor  had earlier declared financially buoyant, counseling government to handle the state finances prudently and to undertake projects that have direct  bearing on the economic development of the state.
The communiqué also recalled that state governors had embarked on foreign economic tours in the past, like Governor Okorocha currently does; but argued that such trips were bound to be futile “because no investor will invest in a state with inadequate infrastructure”.
In the same vein, the synod faulted Imo State government’s plan to share N3 billion to the 305 wards in the state to set up industries because the wards do not have  what it takes for  such undertakings and rather suggested that the fund should be used to develop the Owerri industrial layout and to establish similar layouts for industrial clusters in Orlu and Okigwe zones.
On the war against corruption, the communiqué strongly condemned the unprecedented dimension corruption had assumed with successive governments in the country and urged President Buhari to go beyond President Jonathan’s administration and probe all past administrations, including the one he once headed and punish those found guilty .
The synod also expressed delight at the federal government’s intention to recruit 500,000 teachers and 10,000 policemen but counselled government to be highly transparent in the exercises.
The communiqué, signed by the Bishop Rt, Rev. G.N. Chukwunenye, PhD and Rev. Onyema Okenyeka, synod secretary also touched on such other issues as increase in electricity bill, scarcity of petroleum products, violence and crime, Chibok girls Vs Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, religious preaching bill in Kaduna, oil glut and Nigeria’s economy, African brand of democracy and re-validation of tinted glass permit.