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Don’t let Boko haram kill Leah … Anglican Bishops plead with FG as Standing Committee Meeting winds up in Minna

The Anglican Church has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi Christian girl still in Boko Haram captivity, and others being held by the insurgents are not killed but released unharmed.
Rising from the standing committee meeting of the Church of Nigeria in Minna, Niger State, the church leaders expressed worry at the escalation of violence and insecurity in different parts of the country.
In a communiqué signed by the Primate, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Dean, the Most Rev. Dr. Ali Buba Lamido and the General Secretary, Ven. Dr. Paul Dajur, the church of Nigeria,  lamented the death of a health worker with one of the world  agencies in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
The Standing Committee, which comprises bishops and other church authorities, also called on Nigerians to exercise hope and confidence in God as they prepare for the forth-coming general elections in 2019.
While commending the Federal Government for signing the Not-too-young-to-run Bill into law, the committee regretted what it termed the prohibitive cost of obtaining nomination forms for elective offices in the various political parties.
The committee called on the political parties to present well-qualified and sound candidates that can appreciate the problems of the nation and proffer solutions.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it said, should not compromise its constitutional roles and must give equal opportunities to parties and contestants.
The committee sympathized with victims of the flood disasters across the country and passionately called on government to be productive in providing relevant machinery for the control of national disasters in future.
According to the committee, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the church and other related agencies should treat climate change with utmost seriousness and undertake public enlightenment in this regard.
It also expressed concern over the deterioration of the health and education sector of the country.
“A situation whereby government hospitals including the National Hospital, have no adequate facilities is not only disappointing but also unacceptable. Nigerians demand proper medical care at home instead of travelling abroad which only a handful of the populace can afford”, the communiqué stated.
Other areas covered included improved welfare of workers, the external debts and the country’s future as well as the Global Anglican Future Conference (GACON) as it affects same-sex stand of provinces abroad.

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