Anglican Bishops call for peace, justice in Imo

By  Our Reporter

Anglican Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province rose from its First Annual Episcopal Synod, recently, assuring the people of Imo State that God has them in His eternal purpose and plan.
In a statement after the Synod held at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Bishop’s Court, Ife, Ezinihitte Mbaise, the bishops stated that the testimonies of the Holy Scriptures abound about the power of God to bring courage out of despair, hope out of hopelessness, and peace out of troubled situations”.
The Bishops expressed their awareness of the “frustration, supposed anger, disappointment, and regrets which the people of Imo have had to contend with since the Supreme Court judgement of January 14”, which removed Emeka Ihedioha installed Hope Uzodinma as governor of the State.
They, however, relied on the assurances of the scriptures to encourage the people to shun every temptation to take laws into their hands “or do anything that could worsen both the economic, political and security situation of our dear state”.
According to them, “this dreadful cloud hovering over our dear state shall eventually break with blessings on the head of our people”.
The statement said that the Synod, after a deep thought and reflection on the theme, “the fear of God”, was inspired by the biblical assurances of the blessings that follow people or nations that commit themselves to God in all dealings.
Bearing in mind that we are prone to human errors notwithstanding our heights in the society, and avowing that God moves in a mysterious way, the Bishops stated that the Supreme Court judgement would bring out “something good for the people of the state in particular and Nigeria in general, hoping also that justice prevails on the long run.
On the worsening security situation in the country the Bishops noted that the “rivers of blood that flow everyday in the land bleeds our hearts and those of other well meaning Nigerians.
“Unless there is more to this that meets the eyes, the Federal Government should be bold and swift to confront these merchants of death masquerading either as Boko Haram or herdsmen”, the Bishops declared.

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