The first session of the fourth synod of the Diocese of Amichi has started with a call on Christians to stay away from all forms of stealing. This call was made by His Lordship, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor while inspecting the guard of honour mounted by members of Amichi battalion Council of the Boys' and Girls' Brigade to kick start the synod proceedings.
RT. REV'D. EPHRAIM IKEAKOR
Commenting on the theme of the synod, Bishop Ikeakor lamented the decayed state of the Nigerian state which he attributed to the unrestrained stealing going on in the country.
“Stealing has become a terrible disease in our country. Nigeria is the way it is today because majority of the people are thieves”.
Bishop Ikeakor expressed deep concern at the way Nigeria is sliding deeper and deeper into corruption. He cautioned Christians to shun stealing in all its ramifications. “Let us not all become thieves”, he said. Speaking further, Bishop Ikeakor cautioned that when a worker does not report to duties at the right time, people are denied services due to them or marital infidelity, all amount to stealing.
In his sermon at the opening service entitled “Thou shall not steal, Ven. Chika Mbeyi declared that stealing is a sin against God even when it is motivated by needs and poverty. According to him stealing is any action or inaction which causes others to lose their property, peace or position. This holy injunction is one given without any condition attached. It involves but not limited to shifting of boundaries, taking of property, cutting of corners, dereliction of duty, kidnapping people for ransom or for any other purpose.
The brief service was concluded with the pronouncement of Episcopal blessing on Osumenyi community by His Lordship, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Ikeakor.