Church leaders should be propagators of truth: Obaze

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 12 June 2017 | 2,241 times

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•Anambra governorship aspirant Oseloka Obaze.

Immediate-past Secretary to Anambra State Government and a frontline contender in the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has called on church leaders to always speak truthfully to people in power.

He made the statement at the third session of the third synod of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi held at St. James’ Anglican Church, Azigbo, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

Obaze observed that there is a vital role for those in the pulpit to speak boldly and raise alarm, where government has not done well or claims to have achieved more than it has delivered in real terms.

According to the former top United Nations’ diplomat, clergymen should use their platforms to call on government to respond to unmet needs of the masses and also address critical sectors, where the society at large continues to experience immense deficits.

He named the critical sectors to include areas of education, healthcare and social welfare.

Obaze decried government’s poor funding of schools and advocated for state governments to dedicate 26% of their resources to education as recommended by the United Nations.

He noted that nationally, only Sokoto and Kwara states had met the UN recommended funding threshold. He however, commended Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor for his doggedness and support for truth, regardless of whose ox is gored, adding that the church can partner with the state in the best interest of the society.

Earlier in his speech, the President of the Synod, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Amichi, Rt. Revd. Ikeakor dwelt on the need to contend the faith and maintaining bible standard.

He called on people to tow the footsteps of Jesus Christ which revolved around righteousness saying that is the only sure way to having eternal life.

Source: News Express

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