“Speak out against FG’s illegal actions.” Wike to Church Leaders
By Punch’s Chukwudi Akasike
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on church leaders to speak out against illegal and corrupt actions of the Federal Government in order to stem the drift of the country into an era of unprecedented crisis.
Wike made the remark in a keynote address at the 12th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. He said that the country needed many voices that could speak the truth to power.
The governor explained that the church could not afford to remain quiet while Nigeria continued to drift along the cliff of crisis.He said,
“As long as the state of affairs in Nigeria does not conform to the ideas of justice, democracy, the rule of law and the moral injunctions of God, and as long as there remains no clear hope that things are going to change for the good of the country, we need as many voices that can speak truth to power and the Church of God cannot afford to keep quiet, while things go wrong and the nation continues to drift dangerously towards the cliff of crisis.”
Wike expressed regret that the fight against corruption had been politicised and skewed in a manner to oppress opponents of the Federal Government.
“People say power of any kind corrupts, but political power can be more vicious if exercised unchecked and in disregard of democratic norms.
“While we all support the Federal Government’s much-vaunted, but pretentious fight against corruption, it is patently wrong to fight corruption with corruption and double-speak or by side-stepping the rule of law, disobeying court orders and blackmailing the judiciary to submission. Unfortunately, this is the order of the day under the present democratic dispensation.”
The governor urged the Church to be active moral guardians of political powers as instructed by God in order to reassert its influence as a critical voice for justice, insisting that government’s actions must at all times be secure on legal and moral legitimacy.
“How can the Federal Government justify the situation where former public office holders from the Peoples Democratic Party are continuously harassed, hunted and hounded with corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while at the same time sparing those other members who defected to the All Progressives Congress of similar investigations and treatment except the pure vendetta against His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for daring to contest the office of the Senate Presidency against the wish of the cabals in his party.”
In his remarks, Primate of Anglican Church, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, said the theme of the General Synod, ‘Thou shall not steal,’ was taken from the Bible and formed the Church’s commitment to the fight against corruption.
“Leaders or persons who usurp the positions or privileges of others, either forcefully or clandestinely are also stealing. The culture of percentage kickbacks on contracts, outright embezzlement of public funds and bribery are all acts of stealing.”
Originally published on Punchng. Read more here: http://punchng.com/speak-out-against-fgs-illegal-action-wike-tells-church-leaders/