Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, has called for increased synergy between the church and the state.
Lady Onyemelukwe, who is a 2021 Governorship Aspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), made this call on Sunday while speaking with journalists at the thanksgiving service of the third session of the thirty-first synod of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger , which held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Eziowelle, Anambra State.
She observed that the Constitution calls for a separation of the church and the state but said it does not prevent both entities from working together to address critical needs of the society, especially in the areas of education, health care, social welfare and value re-orientation.
Onyemelukwe, who runs the Alex Ekwueme Educational Foundation, said the high cost of living has made it even more necessary for the society to show a duty of care to the needy, poor and the vulnerable.
Onyemelukwe said faith-based institutions, through years of intervention, has vital database and grassroots reach the state can leverage on to run targeted welfare schemes.
In his sermon, the guest speaker, The Rt. Rev Stephen Akobe, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Kabba, spoke on the need to be doers of the word of God, and not hearers only.
Onyemelukwe also commended the President of the Synod and the Bishop, Anglican Diocese on the Niger, Rt. Revd. Dr. Owen Nwokolo for his leadership.
In his prayers, the Lord Bishop prayed for Onyemelukwe, asking God to grant her heart desires of restoring Anambra on the right path to progress.