The General Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) under the leadership of the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria has enjoined Christians and all Nigerians to passionately shun stealing, robbery, misappropriation, embezzlement and to remain steadfast in their faith in God even in the face of threat to our physical lives, loss of job and uncertainty of the future.
This statement is part of the communiqué issued at the end of the 12th General Synod Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held at St Paul's Cathedral Church, Diobu, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State from 18th-22nd September, 2017 with the theme, 'THOU SHALL NOT STEAL'.
The communiqué further urged all security institutions in the country to be fair, transparent and accountable in their judgments having in mind God's judgment on thieves and treasury looters on the last day.
The Assembly noted that
“corruption has remained a national monster ravaging our nation at all levels and in all departments of the civil/public service, even in private lives and institutions. Against this background, the Synod congratulates the Federal Government on its unrelenting fight against corruption and calls for more robust actions in tackling corruption at all levels and in all spheres of our nation without respect for relatives and party affiliations.”Present at the event were His Excellency, Gov. Nyesom Wike, Executive Governor of Rivers, his wife Hon. Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Jarry-Banigo, Hon. Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ikuinyiawaji Ibani, Chief Olu Falae, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation among others.
“The decision of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to constitute Special Courts to try cases of corruption was received with great joy as this is a major step in the fight against corruption. In appreciation and recognition of this concerted effort, Synod urges that the modalities and feasibilities upon which these Special Courts would operate be well spelt out in order to ensure that justice is manifestly achieved in a timely fashion.”