The Synod of the West of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has raised the alarm over the ugly phenomenon of forced prostitution and child/human organ trafficking which, it said, had assumed pandemic proportions in Nigeria.
A communiqué issued at the end of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Synod held at the Lagos Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos, described the phenomenon as the 21st Century slavery which it said was a major threat to family life and a great sin before God.
The Synod called on the federal government and all stakeholders to fully address this rising social vice through sensitisation, social mobilisation and empowerment.
In the communiqué jointly signed by the newly-elected Moderator of the Synod, Rev. Nnanna Odege and the Synod Clerk, Rev. Bassey Ayek Bassey, the Synod commended the federal government for the appreciable improvement in the energy sector and appealed to the government not to relent its efforts until Nigeria attained the required energy level to sustain the nation’s infrastructure.
It also commended the National Assembly for its bold stand on some burning issues such as the ban on gay marriage and the ratification of the state of emergency declared in three northern states over the Boko Haram threat to national security.
The Synod frowned at the rising level of corruption in Nigeria which it described as the bane and bedrock of other vices plaguing the nation. It called on the government at all levels, religious organizations and all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands in fighting the scourge that is ravaging the fabric of the society.
On the 2015 general elections, the Synod called for early preparations in order to plug every loophole and ensure successful elections.
It called on the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence the sensitisation of the public and the revision of the voters’ register in order that “Nigerians should receive early guidance on the election process to forestall any ugly incidents.”
The communiqué also observed the impact of climate change vis-à-vis the flood menace in Nigeria and called on the Government and its relevant agencies to intensity efforts on flood control and management. The Synod sympathised with the victims of the 2012 flood disasters in Nigeria and prayed against any recurrence in future.
The Synod called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to mobilise all affiliated churches to intensify prayers for the attainment of peace and progress and the sustainability and growth of the economic, political and social life of the nation to the glory of God.
The 18th annual Synod meeting featured the election of new executive committee members to run the affairs of the Synod. The Rev. Nnana Odege was elected Moderator of Synod while The Rev. Bassey Ayek was elected the Clerk. Mr. Felix Ibiam was retained as treasurer. The Synod conference was held under the General Assembly theme of the Church entitled: Living By Faith (Habakkuk 2: 4).