Anglican Synod Urges Nigeria Politicians to Fulfill Promises

A communiqué signed at an Anglican Church of Nigeria diocesan Synod has praised the country’s representatives for overseeing successful and internationally credited elections, and has urged newly elected political leaders to fulfill their campaign promises.

Through the communiqué, the Synod commended the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for overseeing the successful recent elections in the country. The communiqué applauded Dr Jonathan for “ensuring that every Nigerian’s vote counted”.

The communiqué was jointly signed at the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of Oke-Ogun by the Rt. Rev. Solomon Olaniyi Amusan, who is the bishop for the Oke-Ogun Diocese, and the diocesan chancellor, the Honorable Justice Ayobode Lokulo-Sodipe.

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Furthermore the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, was praised for the success of the recent elections. In particular, the communiqué highlighted the fact that the elections were internationally acclaimed for being fair, credible and a free election.

However, according to the Sunday Tribune of Nigeria, the Synod condemned the violence that trailed the presidential elections in some states in northern Nigeria.

The Synod empathized with the families of the 10 deceased youth corps members, and prayed that the families would be comforted and consoled.

The Synod took the opportunity to urge President Jonathan to fulfill his campaign promises, and stated its hope that he would give special attention to the security of lives and property.

Elected representatives for the people of Nigeria were also urged not to allocate outrageous salaries and allowances to themselves, the Sunday Tribune has reported.

The Synod also gave special mention to Christian missionaries working in the diocese and further afield. Anglican bishop, Dr. Amusan asked for them to remember that a great reward awaits them if they serve the Lord willingly and cheerfully.

He told delegates that a missionary’s reward was “glorious…forever and ever… abundant… and the gifts are both temporal and eternal.”

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