By Gid Ahanonu
The Nigerian electorates have been advised to always hold politicians in various positions accountable, especially in areas of funds, infrastructural development and separation of powers.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Sir Emeka Ihedioha, threw the challenge while presenting his keynote address at the 2017 Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Oru, held recently, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Obibi, Awo-Omama, in Oru East LGA of Imo State.
Hon Ihedioha, who was the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2015 governorship elections in Imo State, urged the people to wake up from slumber and talk about what is happening around them.
He commended the Bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunenye, for choosing the theme of the Synod as “Where are you”, which he described as appropriate as most Christians and people in general have remained docile while things go wrong in the church and society.
The former lawmaker who represented Aboh, Mbaise/Ngor Okpala in the House of Reps for a long time, gave an instance of the Njaba Bridge on Owerri-Orlu Road which has continued to be in bad shape and blamed the people for not reacting over the condition of the bridge which has been under reconstruction for upwards of six years.
He also spoke of the poor local government administration in Imo State, non-respect to the rule of law by the ruling class and the non-performance of its oversight functions by the legislature as the bane of the present administration in Imo State and called for people’s intervention.
Ihedioha, then called on Imo people to be wise in choosing their leaders in 2019 election regardless of the party they belong to, advising them to shun dishonest persons.
Sir Ihedioha said that the synod is where the church reassesses itself and urged delegates to apply what they learnt from the synod and identify with the diocese.
He observed that synod hosts become and remain physically and spiritually lively for a couple of years after.