As the nation marked Democracy Day and one year of the All Progressives Congress (APC)–led federal government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, has been counselled to allow the voice of God guide him to make a success of his administration.
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, who gave the advice during a Eucharistic Service of confirmation, admission and induction at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Umuneke, Ngor, in Ngor Okpala LGA, Imo State, maintained that it would only take the grace of God to save Nigeria from disintegration, insisting that the threat was already strong and manifesting.
Bishop Okorafor commended Nigerians for the uninterrupted 17 years of democracy but urged the President to not only avoid the temptation of being dictatorial in running this administration and also being militaristic, as his body language tend to lead credence to this.
The Bishop was particularly irked by the fact that the nation appeared to be moving without direction.
He was making reference to the discordant tunes on the hike in fuel price from N86.50 to N145 by the Vice President, the Minister of Information and Culture and the Minister of State for Petroleum.
He pointed that the duties of a government was to give hope to the people and not dampen it by raising such an alarm that the nation was broke and needed the people’s sacrifice to salvage the economy.
While observing that a National food crisis was imminent in the country he advised the Federal Government to ensure that the surplus from the hike in fuel price were deployed to avert any social crisis in the country as a hungry people could become sick and angry.
On the anti-corruption fight by the President, the Bishop advised the Federal government to avoid making it lopsided, adding that the investigations should cut across party lines.
Nigerians, he said, would want to see the anti-graft agencies probe into the campaign funds of other political parties as was currently the case with the People’s Democratic Party.
The Bishop commended the Vicar of the Parish, Ven Alex Eke-Ejelam and wife, Mrs. Chinyere as well as other Priests and Church workers and members of the congregation in the parish for fishing out the candidates presented for confirmation and admission in all five arms of the Church.
The Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Progress Okoroafor, in his sermon earlier, challenged Christians to steadfastly remain in Jesus Christ , as relying in Him they would be able to do all things.
He also averred that outside depending solely and entirely on Christ they would not be able to do anything on their own.
Taking his text from John’s gospel chapter 15 verse 5 Rev Okoroafor pointed out that Jesus Christ is the true vine, while they as Christians were the branches, expected to bear much fruits, adding that relying in Christ they would be able to do all things through Him that straightened them.
He likened the sufferings and trials in the country to a process of pruning and expressed the hope for a brighter future, so long as they do not disengage themselves from Christ.