Bishop berates party delegates’ love for money

Irked by the unsavoury nature of party primaries held across the country last week, Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has berated the delegates for their love for money.
Decrying the influence of money in Nigerian politics, the bishop expressed disgust at the level of extortion at the party primaries, noting that giving money to delegates had become a threat to the electoral process.
Bishop Okorafor was speaking during a visit to Emmanuel Anglican Church, Upe Na Umunam in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Controversies have continued to dog the primaries conducted by various political parties to choose their candidate for electoral positions.
The bishop observed that such money politics at the primaries have left doubts about the outcome of the elections.
According to him, except money was emphasised in the polity, good governance would continue to be elusive in the country.
Bishop Okorafor urged delegates to the various party primaries to be conscious of the effect of their unpatriotic and parochial interests on the polity, maintaining that it was not in consonance with good governance.  He noted that the situation left the system open to the highest bidder, adding that successful aspirants would be left with no option but to work towards recovering their investment. Thus, politics in Nigeria, he observed, has become a business venture.
Bishop Okorafor emphasised the need to return to the farm as he urged the people, especially the youths, not to be ashamed of being identified as farmers. He counselled them to be rather actively involved in Agriculture, making the best use of their individual talents, insisting that the era of white-collar job was over in Nigeria.
The Bishop, who was visibly impressed with the new face of the Church, congratulated the Vicar, Ven. Solomon Azubuike, his wife Mrs. Chinedu and the congregation for the wonderful stride.
He, however, regretted that the congregation came very late, a decease which he said, has become indelible in the life of the average Anglican.  He appealed to them to cultivate the spirit of coming early to Church.
Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Progress Okoroafor, in his sermon  earlier, charged them to love,  revere  and fear God with all their strength and might. They are also to love their neighbours as themselves.
The Cleric, who recounted the ten commandments, encouraged them to aspire to live within the precepts of the Laws of God. Taking his text from Exodus 20:1-20 he said they should be conscious of the fact that God is all knowing and seeing, stressing that nothing was ever hidden from Him.
Rev. Okoroafor regretted that because they lacked God’s fear in them, they take things of God for granted, maintaining, however, that once they love God, everything concerning Him would always gladden their hearts and they would also be anxious to be part of the things of God. On their individual endowment, God he said had endured them with divergent talents, everyone according to their abilities and urged them to make efforts at discovering their talents and putting them to effective use.
He enjoined them to eschew character assassination, refrain from falsehood, malice and hatred, warning that habouring these were capable of exposing them to the risk of heart attack.
He also advised against sitting on the progress of others as he wondered if they would be happy when faced with similar situations.

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