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The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has awarded awards for exemplary leadership qualities in a difficult economy and dedication to the service of God and humanity to the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike; the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Ogun State Governor Adedapo Abiodun.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Emmanuel Abayomi, was also honored with an award for providing quality and equitable health care.
The winners were honored at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria, Diocese of Lagos, Archbishop Adebola and the Oluranti Ademowo Resource Center, Faith Plaza, Bariga, Lagos State.
The Primate of the Anglican Communion of Nigeria, Bishop Henry Ndukuba, who presented the awards to the recipients, said political leaders were considered for the award for their exceptional role, courageous leadership and steadfastness in defending Nigerians against the insecurity, provision of basic infrastructure to citizens and the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing the congregation on the state of the nation and the role of the church, Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike urged church leaders to encourage its members to join. of the governance process in the country.
The governor noted that a situation in which Christians leave governance to politicians alone is no longer possible.
According to Wike, the effect of poor leadership will also affect the church if it remains passive on the issue of governance.
“You have to be part of the leadership choice. Don’t say you don’t have a role, you have a role. When you do not participate, bad leaders will emerge and when bad leadership emerges, you become part of it.
“You have to encourage your employees to be a part of leadership. I did not go to any school to study leadership.
“So no one should say that as a Christian you cannot be a governor, no. The head of SUBEB in my state is a priest and you can see the leadership he has given to this agency today. “You’ll be proud of it. It used to be the most corrupt agency, but today it’s run by a priest and you can see the difference.”
Wike denounced the inherent injustice that characterized the Nigerian state and urged the church to speak out against socio-political issues negatively affecting the country’s progress.
“We say we are all Nigeria. We went to the World Bank to borrow money to do specific projects. One of the states that make up Nigeria that I hear is Rivers State. And I also know that by repaying this money to the World Bank, the money that comes from my state’s resources will be used to repay this money. But my state has been refused projects thanks to this loan.
The governor of Rivers State said a situation in which states depend on the federal government for survival can no longer be tenable, and insisted that states should be allowed to collect revenues such as tax on value added (VAT) to enable them to improve the well-being of their population.
“You went to take out a loan and I am one of those states that will repay these loans and you refuse me to benefit from the projects for which this money will be used. I don’t have a problem with that.
“Allow me the one (VAT) that the Constitution says I’m entitled to, let me collect it and develop my state.”
He regretted that some Nigerian governors refused to think outside the box on how to boost economic activity in their states.
“There is flooding in my state, it takes 200 million naira, I will go to Abuja to beg. Even as a governor, I will kneel before a general manager of a government agency. You’ll get on your knees for a director just because of N300million. This is the status of some of the governors of certain states.
In his remarks, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the church for its support and announced the waiver of N2 billion for land acquired by the Church of Nigeria in the state. from Lagos.
The governor said Nigeria and the rest of the world were going through difficult times amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and took the opportunity to call for mass vaccination of citizens.
The Primate of the entire Anglican Communion of Nigeria, Bishop Henry Ndukuba, speaking on the theme of the conference: “Abiding in Christ: the panacea of God in an unstable world”, lamented that Nigeria is rapidly becoming a land flowing tears and blood. due to the impact of terror, banditry, attacks by shepherds on communities and kidnappings.
He said a situation in which predominantly Christian communities are targeted one after another in parts of Kaduna state and north-central Nigeria was unacceptable.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to label bandits and herd attackers terrorists and to let them be treated as such. “
The primate urged Nigerians to take advantage of the 2023 general election offer to exercise their right to choose new leaders.
He called on the federal government to urgently address the free fall in the value of the country’s currency due to the resulting impact on the store of value and investor confidence.