William Attah, Gombe
The Diocese of Gombe Anglican Communion has commended governments at all levels for steps taken towards combating insecurity in the country but says the measures are not effective.
Rising from the 3rd session of it’s 7th Synod held at St. Peter Anglican Church, Bolari, Gombe, the Synod observed that despite the security measures put in place by Government, there are still reported cases of kidnappings, banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other security breaches in the country.
The Synod’s statement which was signed by His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Cletus Ajigben Tambari, Bishop of Gombe Diocese, said the recent end SARS protest has posed an eye opener and signal that the masses possess ultimate power over the elected.
It condemned the hike in fuel price saying, the increment is a continuous injury to the damage COVID-19 pandemic has caused to the citizen’s financial standing.
It lamented the high cost of living and the recent declaration by the Federal Government that Nigeria has entered second recession and called on Government to re-strategize on how to pull the country out of recession.
It also called on the Federal Government to ensure that any palliative scheme or empowerment programme such as trader money, COVID-19 palliative, National Youth Investment Fund, N-Power, among others, initiated to minimize the harsh economic effects on the citizens are not frustrated by saboteurs, administrative bottlenecks, lopsidedness and favouritism towards a section of the country in the distribution and sharing of these incentives.
The Synod which applauded the Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya led administration for it’s sustained efforts in providing security in Gombe State, also commended other programmes such as the 3G (Afforestation) programme, development in the education sector and construction of roads across the State.
It called for a meticulous balance and equality in political appointments across the State as any colouration of political and religious favouritism is a recipe for crisis.
The Synod, with the theme”By love serve one another”, also directed Christians to make Jesus Christ their epitome of love.
It said, ” Jesus Christ left His throne and came to die for the redemption of mankind out of deep love for us. He suffered, He was mocked, beaten and nailed to the cross for the sins he never committed. He did this out of His great affection, no one has ever shown this to mankind”.