2023: Enugu Bishop warns Christians against election malpractice
The Methodist Archbishop of Enugu Archdiocese, Most Rev. Christopher Edeh, has warned Christians across the country to against election malpractice saying that they should not engage in vote-buying, sale of Permanent Voter Cards or any activity that will mar the due process of the election.
He also implored Christian to do all in their capacity to ensure the success of the forthcoming general election in Nigeria.
The archbishop made the urge on Friday while delivering the State of the Nation Address at the 48th Annual Synod of the church holding at the St Luke’s Methodist Church, Ugwuaji, in the Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Edeh noted that the 2023 general election is crucial to the progress and unity of Nigeria. “We must play our role as a church to ensure its success,” he said.
Discussing the theme of the synod, ‘Contend for the Faith’, taken from Jude verse 3, the spiritual father cautioned the participants to be steadfast noting that evil men would arise even among them to distort the faith.
“There are many preachers branding different kinds of gospel and many of us do not know the difference between the real faith and other faiths.
“We must therefore make every effort to know what the faith is and be willing to contend for it and refuse to be carried away by human philosophies and fables.
“We must contend for the faith that is delivered to us and we should use this election as part of the way to contend for this faith,” he said.
While urging the members to partner with him on his numerous projects for the growth , the bishop said the diocese had remained strong, spiritually vibrant, and very active in serving humanities.
Reacting, the wife of the archbishop, Mrs Phoebe Edeh, asked the parents especially mothers to teach their children and wards aright against engaging in electoral violence.
According to NAN, the synod is the highest decision making body of the church where its activities are reviewed and resolved ways of moving the church forward.
The synod that spanned three days had the presence of some dignitaries, clerics in the church, elders, knights and ladies as well as church members.