President Muhammadu Buhari has been hailed by the Metropolitan Diocese of Ikeja, Methodist Church of Nigeria, it said that the manner in which the President is fighting the anti-corruption war is a great one, urging him to remain unwavering and focused in the fight.
The church, while praying for the quick recovery of the ailing President, who is currently in London, the United Kingdom on medical vacation, however, urged other arms of government to join him in the anti-corruption war.
Noting that corruption had eaten deep into the nation’s fabric, the church argued that no arm of government should be a stumbling block to efforts being made to eliminate the scourge.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the maiden annual synod of the Metropolitan Diocese, Ikeja.
The synod with the theme, ‘God’s word – My guide,’ held between June 1 and 4, 2017 at the Methodist Cathedral of Peace and Excellence, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, was presided over by the Right Revd. Stephen Adegbite.
In the communiqué made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, the church also hailed Buhari on the success of the Federal Government’s war against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, particularly the recent release of 82 out of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
While thanking the Switzerland government and the International Red Cross Society for their role in the negotiations for the girls’ release, the church said, “it was a glorious sight to behold when the girls were reunited with their families for the first time in over three years.”
It urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the safe rescue of the other Chibok schoolgirls still in the insurgents’ captivity.
The synod lauded the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for providing the country with purposeful leadership in the absence of Buhari, and called on the citizens to continue to pray for the acting President.
On the state of the economy, the church urged government at all levels to focus on agriculture and to invest in the power sector, which, it noted, would enhance economic recovery.
The synod added, “Diversification of our economy must be given priority if we are to overcome the recession in which our economy currently lies.
“In addition, the synod advocates more serious investments in sectors like solid minerals, renewable resources, education, science and technology and works, as these sectors can generate short and mid-term employment that can lead us out of economic stagnancy.”
The synod, however, expressed displeasure at the delayed approval of the 2017 budget, urging the Federal Government to “ensure the quick signing and full implementation of the 2017 budget, which possesses the right elements of creating jobs for several unemployed people through teaching and agriculture.”
The church also acknowledged what it termed as the giant strides of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in the area of infrastructural development and sustenance of peace in the state despite the ethnic diversity of the residents.