The Methodist Church of Nigeria has warned against politicising the nomination of delegates to the national conference being convened by the Federal Government.
The church also urged the government to take a proactive step towards stopping incessant strikes in the nation’s tertiary institutions because of its negative impact on the country’s educational system.
It however commended the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities for ending the six months strike that had paralysed the universities.
The Methodist Church (Nyanaya Diocese), expressed these concerns in a communique issued on Sunday in Abuja and signed by the Diocesan Communication Officer, Rev. Jonathan Okoroafor, at the end of its 4th annual synod with the theme: “Let my people move forward” and held under the chairmanship of Rt. Rev. Samuel Nortey.
It said, “The Synod advises Nigerians to make the best use of the opportunity afforded them by the national conference to come up with these ideas that can move this nation forward and urge our leaders not to play politics with the nomination of people to attend the dialogue but nominees should be people of integrity who are truly sincere without ethnic bias.”
The Synod commended President Goodluck Jonathan, “for signing into law the anti-sodomy bill passed by the National Assembly despite pressures from various quarters. It argued that the action was a bold step in the right direction taken towards the sustenance of Nigerian values.
Okoroafor quoted the Synod as urging the National Assembly to leave aside party interest and expedite action on the passage of the 2014 budget into law as soon as possible rather than using same as a political tool.
While applauding the Independent National Electoral Commission for the early release of the timetable for the 2015 general elections and the promise of a free, fair and violence-free election, the Synod advised that enough time should be given for voter registration to ensure the capture of all eligible voters.
“The Synod also urges government and Nigerians to support INEC in the conduct of credible elections in 2015 by not selling their votes or partaking in snatching of ballot boxes,” he stated.
The Church also expressed concern over the security situation in the country.
The Synod condemned the activities of the Boko Haram sect and their allies, especially the recent killing of innocent Nigerians in the North East.
While commending the efforts of the government in putting a stop to the activities of this sect, the Synod called on government to decisively combat the menace of Boko Haram especially in Borno State.
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