By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas .D. Okoh, has called on the Federal Government and the stake holders to urgently consider reviving the nation's economy in view of some of the major problems bedeviling the country.
In his opening address to the Standing Committee meeting at the Cathedral Church of St Andrew's Warri in Delta State, the Primate said the crux of the matter now were the elections.
He therefore appealed to voters to resist every inducement tended towards vote selling to avoid doom in the coming years. He appealed to INEC on behalf of the Church to maintain a posture of an unbiased umpire and enjoined the security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
Archbishop Okoh also called on the youth to refuse to be used to create chaos by men and women whose children were safe outside the shores of the country and appealed to all contestants to allow the election process to be peaceful, free and fair, since, according to him, they were all under God who would judge. He therefore enjoined all stakeholders to abstain from all appearances of evil.
On the theme of the meeting: “The Lord is my Shepherd“, Archbishop Okoh referred to it as one of the most popular Psalms, noting that many adopted it as prayer and learnt to recite it even as infants.
He referred to the difference between the Good Shepherd and the hired hand. Noting that Jesus gave His life for the sheep, he described the hired hand as a wolf that devoured and scattered the sheep.
The message concluded that all had equal role to play, whether Clergy, Political leaders or followers.
In attendance were the Governor and Deputy Governor of Delta State and their wives; Senator Dr. and Dame Ifeanyi Okowa and Otuero, respectively, as well as Mr. Peter Obi, Vice Presidential candidate of PDP and a host of other dignitaries were at the ceremony.