Sanction Members Involved in Election Malpractice, Wike Advises Church

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Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Wike, has called on the Church to sanction members who are  involved  in electoral malpractice .

Addressing the Third Session of the 8th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta North at Saint Thomas Anglican Church,  Diobu, Port Harcourt yesterday,  Wike said that clerics should never be associated with illegal political activities.

“How do you imagine a cleric hijacking ballot boxes? When we say that Christians should participate in politics, it is not for them to do illegal things.

“The church should discipline members who are involved in electoral malpractice.  This will deter others planning to do same,” he said.

He reiterated his call for Christians  to be involved in active politics  to stop the emergence of unqualified leaders in the country.

The governor said the bad economy  that has crippled  the country  at the federal level,  is due to the fact that unqualified people are controlling that level of government.

While commending the creativity of the diocese for investing in productive ventures,  Wike announced  support  for the Church projects.

In a sermon, Anglican Bishop of Mbamili Diocese,  Rt. Rev Henry Okeke, said Christians must use their positions  to propagate the gospel and improve  the lives of others.

He warned Christian leaders  never to bow to pressure and intimidation,  as they have a duty to help in defending  the faith from the forces of darkness.

The cleric said Christian leaders who find themselves in governance, civil service  and business should use their positions to defend the future of  their communities.

Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North, Rt. Rev. Wisdom Ihunwo, prayed God  to protect the governor and grant him strength and good health  to successfully conclude  his second term.

The 3rd Session of the 8th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta North witnessed  the rendition of soul lifting hymns and awards to deserving members.