Corruption: Primate Urges Buhari To Improve Welfare Of Workers

Nicholas-OkohThe Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has advised the government to improve on the salary and other allowances of civil servants if it must succeed in the fight against corruption.

He identified poor remuneration of public servants at all levels, as one of the reasons for the high rate of corruption in Nigeria especially in the public service.

The Anglican Primate gave the advice during the enthronement of the new Anglican Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Timothy Yahaya.

While commending President Buhari’s commitment to the fighting corruption, Bishop Okoh maintained that “when public sector wages are too low, employees may find themselves under pressure to supplement their incomes in unofficial ways by embezzling public funds meant for developmental purposes”.

He also expressed optimism that the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents would soon be over.

It was a day of celebration, as the Cathedral was filled to capacity with members of the clergy, the church and well-wishers present to witness the enthronement of Rt. Reverend Yahaya, as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese.

The choir offered beautiful renditions to the admiration of the congregation.

The enthronement of Bishop Yahaya follows the exit of the former Bishop of the diocese, Idowu Fearon, who was appointed the Secretary General of World Anglican Church early this year.

The new Bishop in his message assured the congregation that he would lead the diocese with the fear of God and ensure the growth and development of the Church.

He also stressed the need for the diocese to invest its resources in building more schools and hospitals to compliment the effort of the government.

Until his appointment as the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Yahaya was the Bishop of Jalingo Diocese in Taraba State.

Idowu Fearon Appointed World Anglican Secretary

idowu fearonThe Archbishop of Kaduna Arch Diocese, Most Rev. Josiah Idowu Fearon, has been appointed as the new Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion worldwide.

The appointment followed the resignation of former Secretary-General of the church, Kenneth Kearon, who was appointed Bishop in Ireland early this year.

Bishop Idowu Fearon was selected from initial field of applicants from Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

This is the first time an African is occupying the position.

Briefing newsmen on his new appointment, Bishop Fearon expressed excitement to take up the post and gave an assurance to serve the church diligently.

The Bishop said that his appointment would assist Africa, Nigeria in particular, in tackling some of its security challenges, poverty and diseases currently ravaging the country and Africa as a whole.

He added that his appointment would not influence the Nigerian Church and Africa in adopting same sex marriage as being practiced by some churches in Europe and America.

The Anglican Communion is an international association of churches consisting of 80 million members worldwide.

Bishop Idowu Fearon has been Bishop of Kaduna since 1988 and currently, he is the Director of the Kaduna Anglican Study Centre.