ANGLICANS in the Diocese On The Coast have lauded the move by the Federal Government to rehabilitate the Almajiris in the northern part of the country, but preferred that they be trained under the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme or the regular schools to realise the goal of educating them.
In a statement issued at the end of its just-concluded Synod, the Anglicans said rather than creating a special school system for the Almajiris, it is better to accommodate them in the regular schools that will see them mixing with pupils from other religious faith and ethnic backgrounds as a way of making them tolerant of others, widening their world view and making them relate progressively with other members of the society.
The Synod lamented the level of bloodshed in the country, particularly since the insurgence of the Boko Haram sect and urged all Nigerians and groups to assist security agencies in efforts at tackling insecurity, noting that “as long as we see the uniform men as the only security agents, the county will continue to be enmeshed in terrible criminal activities, including terrorism.”
The Synod, which was held at the St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Ode-Aye in Okitipupa Local Council, Ondo State and presided over by the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Ebunoluwa Ogunele, called for “constant prayers for Nigeria to avert the danger that looms almost daily in the country.”
Worried by the unimaginably high level of corruption in the country as revealed in many investigations, including those in the Halliburton scandal, fuel subsidy regime in which trillions of naira were allegedly mismanaged and the pensions scam in which hundreds of billion of naira were allegedly embezzled, the Synod charged the Federal Government and the anti-corruption agencies to exhibit practical commitment to checking corruption by bringing the perpetrators to book.
The theme of the Synod was “…But Daniel proposed in his heart not to defile himself”, Daniel 1:8. The Synod enjoined public office holders to serve the nation with the fear of God and high sense of accountability as exhibited by Daniel “who lived exemplary life in service of God and obedience of His laws.”
And as Ondo State prepares for another governorship election, the Synod appealed to all stakeholders to play the game according to the rules and shun whatever could lead to crisis.