Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, has called on the church to go beyond what individuals can do as a body and take responsibility for a better society.
He added that, while the government has a role to play, individuals, institutions, and the church play a larger role.
Governor Soludo made this statement during the first session and formal opening of the 13th Synod, which was held at St. Peters Anglican Church in Agulu (Diocese of Awka).
The Governor, who reiterated that the body of Christ is one and Anambra State is a Christian state, condemned the resurgence of idolatry in the land, emphasizing the importance of defining our Christian identity.
“As we build the symbol of the state, we must ingrain it as a Christian state,” Soludo said.
He commended the church of God for their support and collaboration, describing them as a vital partner.
“Taking Anambra to the next level will require all of us working together.” We must bond together as a state, including the entire South East.
“Because the church represents who we are, we must unite and work harder to move Anambra forward.”
“There is a call to duty as well as a call to action!” “The church has a role to play in shifting the situation from a perilous to a glamorous society,” Soludo said.
“We must be the change we want to see because we will be known by our fruits.”
“The society would be a better place if every family or individual lived out the true meaning of our calling as Christians.”
“Our personal and collective responsibility is where the action is,” the Governor said.
He urged churches to desilt drainages, plant trees, campaign towards stopping running water flowing out from residential houses, which causes erosion, and reintroduce its missionary component, which includes building schools and educating the poor.
In his sermon, the Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, Anglican Bishop of Awka and Archbishop of Niger Province, applauded the Governor for his working relationship with his Deputy.
He thanked Soludo for his attendance at the 2023 synod and prayed for his administration and Anambra State.
The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Senator-Elect Anambra Central, Victor Umeh, Lord Bishops, Clergies amongst others attended the synod.