Posted by News Express | 8 May 2017 | 2,349 times
Enugu Diocese of the Methodist Church will, henceforth, excommunicate members who are prosecuted for corrupt practices, the archbishop of the diocese, Christopher Edeh, has said.
Edeh, who gave the caution in Enugu in his state of the nation address to the congregation at the end of the 42nd Annual Synod of the church yesterday, said such people were a disgrace to the body of Christ.
The cleric urged the federal government, as a matter of duty, to prosecute all suspected corrupt government officials in the country, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious inclinations.
Edeh noted with dismay that some corrupt officials in government were avoiding investigations, pointing out that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should give more attention to this development.
“The suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, was the height of fighting corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
The cleric, however, said the investigations should be handled by an independent panel rather than by government functionaries.
The archbishop also called for transparency and accountability in the disbursement of all the looted funds.
The cleric, who advised the congregation to embrace farming, called on the government to check the invasion of farmlands by herdsmen, who had been rendering the efforts of farmers useless.
On the ongoing continuous voter registration, the archbishop urged churches to ensure adequate participation in the exercise.
“The time has gone when in the name of Christian faith; believers stand aloof when national issues like the census or the National Identity Card registration pass by.” (Blueprint)
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