SYNOD: Anglican Bishop urges Buhari, NASS members to slash salaries, allowances
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt.Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, and all the lawmakers in the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives), to sincerely implement ‘Change Begins with Me’ measures towards recovering from the economic recession Nigeria has found itself, by slashing all their salaries and allowances.
Delivering his 120- page Presidential Address/Charge at the Third Session of the Seventh Synod of the Diocese held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Eziobodo, Owerri West Local Council of Imo State, on Friday, Bishop Okorafor joined by seven brother Bishops expressed disgust over the huge earnings by the elected and appointed political office holders. He advised that the Presidency should cause a slash on the salaries and allowances of all political office holders beginning with the president and others along the line stressing that In the spirit of change begins with me, it will be more meaningful and not a mere jingle.
In the Presidential address with the theme ‘The Fourth Man in The Furnace: X-raying the saving of power of God in all Circumstances” ,the Bishop opined that the proposed sale of national assets by the presidency was outrightly condemnable.
He urged that Nigerian rich men, the Aliko Dangotes, should take a cue of the likes of Bill Gates, John Davison Rockefeller, who loaned the American State about half of their net worth to salvage their country from recession, adding the likes of Aliko Dangotes, rather than advising the federal government to sell off national assets should concern themselves with bailing Nigeria out of her financial quagmire.
Bishop Okorafor, also angled for the restructuring of the political structure of the nation, calling for constitutional restructuring that would guarantee the local councils equilibrium and the 2014 constitutional conference recommendations were capable of forming the blue print towards the process of restructuring the Nigerian system.
The Bishop lamented that reports from the social media revealed that the President and the NASS legislators earn unimaginable salaries and allowances, unhealthy for the democracy and the nation’s economic management. He also queried the yardstick used in alleged lopsided appointments and military retirements recently.
While commending the Imo State government on the setting up of the Imo Education Trust Fund (IETF) and calling for the support of all lovers of education, Bishop Okorafor also cautioned the Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, against demolishing houses in the name of expanding roads, when retirees were yet to be paid their gratuities and pensions more than two years.
Publisher of The Source Magazine, Dame Comfort Obi, the immediate past Chief Judge of Imo State and Chancellor of the Diocese, Justice Benjamin Njemanze, Justice Ijeoma Agugua, immediate past Bishop of the Diocese, Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam, traditional ruler of Egbu, Eze Felix Egbukole Orisakwa and the host Ezes, HRH Eze Lucky Okoro and HRH Eze Richard Osuji of Eziobodo and Ezi okele autonomous communities were among those at the event.