Clerics seek fight against corruption, end to N’Assembly crisis

National Assembly members

National Assembly members

THE Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sosthenes Eze, has said that self-probe and restitution by political leaders were necessary if the fight against corruption must succeed in Nigeria.

He said that the promise to fight corruption by present administration would remain a mirage if the leaders do not probe themselves first.

Delivering his presidential address and Bishop’s charge at the third session of the second Synod of the Diocese held at the Holy Trinity Church, 9th Mile Corner, Enugu, yesterday, Bishop Eze stated that only by probing themselves would they have moral authority to probe others, adding that past leaders must do restitution.

He said: “If this present government is desirous about dealing with corruption, they should first probe themselves and do restitution; then they will have moral authority to probe others. If not, what they are doing now is noise-making to distract us to make us relax and then they will commence their own looting of the economy.”

In another development, the Senior Pastor of Holy Fellowship Ministries International, Overcomers Chapel Mushin, Lagos, Rev. Mike Adewusi, has called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end the leadership crisis rocking the Eighth National Assembly.

Adewusi, who made the call at a press meeting to mark the church’s yearly conference starting from June 14 to 19, 2015, advised the lawmakers to place Nigeria above self and come together as one house for the country to move forward, adding: “The leadership of APC must sheathe their swords to allow the lawmakers focus on the main purpose they were elected.

The clergyman, who called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for peace of the nation, praised the South-East governors and the people of Anambra State on their stand against the move by the Federal Government to transfer Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia Prison in the state.

According to him: “Could you imagine if the South-East people had kept quiet when the government made the move to transfer the inmate to the state? The next day, you will hear Boko Haram operation in the eastern part of the country because anywhere the inmates are, they will go there and strike.

“My first advice on solution to the present crisis in the country is that independent intelligent gathering is needed on terrorism as well as economic revival of the nation and each of us must be ready to pay the price because solving these problems will require a lot from us individually and collectively.”

Bishop Eze, who recommended that the fight against corruption should begin with families of those in power, villages, communities, local councils, states, federal, institutions, establishments, private sectors and religious groups as well as the churches, said: “We need to confirm and return all stolen funds, including investments they made with them –whether at home or abroad.”

He added that majority of people in the present government decamp

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