IGP, INEC boss to address Nigerian Anglican Church conference

11 September 2006 - Print Version

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Abuja, Sept. 11, 2006- Ahead of the 2007 elections, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Sunday Ehindero will Wednesday address a meeting of over 400 Anglican delegates, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

He will be speaking to the Churchmen on the subject of the police and the security demands of the democratic electoral process.

The IGP was in the news last week when he raised an alarm, during a 3-hour question and answer session with the Nigeria Senate that proliferation of arms and ammunitions in large quantities in the country was on the increase.

He warned that arms use by politicians could spell doom for the nation’s political process.

Ehindero is billed to feature in a political awareness seminar during the first plenary session of the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) which begins this week at St Paul’s Cathedral Church, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to Revd Canon Tunde Popoola, the Director of Communication of the Church, the political awareness seminar was a major innovation to the bi-annual meeting of the Church.

Professor Maurice Iwu, Chairman of INEC, Alhaji Idi Farouk, Director General National Orientation Agency and Hon Austin Opara, Deputy Speaker, House of Assembly will also speak to the gathering on issues relating to the democratic electoral process.

Last June, the Anglican Church organized a national conference on nation building aimed at steering the society to rediscover the solid foundation laid by the church fathers and build on their ‘ethos of morality’ toward achieving orderly growth and development.
“Our contribution to the national life and political development of the nation is as crucial as the gospel we preach,” Canon Popoola said. “The Church is not in oblivion of what election years are in the history of this country. What happens in the next 12 months is very important to us,” he said.

The political awareness seminar is a prelude to a three-day meeting being attended by over 400 delegates from the 96 dioceses of the Church of Nigeria and some other international delegates.

Another prelude to the Standing Committee meeting is an evaluation meeting of progress in the Church’s evangelism programme. Archbishops and the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society (CNMS) will meet to do this, and also chart further steps in achieving the Church’s goals.

The Primate, the Most Rev Peter Akinola will Thursday deliver his presidential address. The theme of the meeting is ‘We are on the Lord’s Side’ (Exodus 32:26). A communiqué will be issued at the end of the meeting.

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