Bishops of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, MCN have advised president-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari against witch-hunting political opponents in the spirit of national reconciliation and to avert political tension in the country.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its 33rd Council in Uyo and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the bishops also urged him to make true his promise of fighting corruption as it has remained the Achilles Heel of development in Nigeria.
The communiqué was endorsed by the council’s president, His Eminence, Dr. Emeka Kanu-Uche and secretary of council Rt. Rev. Raphael Opoko.
“Council congratulates the president-elect, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari on his victory at the polls and urges him to shun all distractions and justify the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians. In the spirit of national reconciliation, the president-elect should forgive all those who might have wronged him in the course of electioneering campaigns.
“He should not engage in witch-hunting of his opponents. We urge the president-elect to tackle the country’s critical infrastructure such as refineries. This will reduce the rate of importation of fuel and government subsidy on petroleum products.”
It expressed worry that Nigeria’s rating in corruption index has continued to slide down everyday due to inability of government to fight corruption in every sphere of our national life as known perpetuators of fraud in public office were yet to be prosecuted.
“It has become public knowledge that developmental projects in Nigeria do not match the amount budgeted for the purpose. This is believed to be the result of alleged massive diversion of such funds by the people in government.
“Even proven cases of fraudulent leadership like the immigration recruitment scam have received little or no disciplinary measure from the authorities of the state, not to talk of issues relating to fuel subsidy.
“The 33rd Council of the Methodist Bishops affirmed that there is no way we can make progress as a nation if money budgeted for developmental projects are not utilized for that purpose. The Bishops Council therefore call on government at all levels to put the interest of the masses above personal greed,” it said.
Describing recent xenophobia attacks on other Africans by South Africans as barbaric and a violation of human rights it urged Nigerians not to emulate such acts as it would destroy the peaceful relations between the two countries that took time to build.
The communiqué stressed that the theme of the meeting, “Aglow with the Spirit’ in the light of our political and economic situation of the country was appropriate and suitable to change the material tendencies in Churches and the individual in the country.
“To aglow is to be compatible with things of God with spiritual emphasis to shine or glow is an integral part of our Christian lives but Satan or
devil is not happy when a Christian displays these potentials and he will go to any length to take away the glowness in the life of such Christians.
“In the same vein, citizens of this country are challenged by this theme to display spiritual maturity in the corrupt society,” it concluded.

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