According to Bishop Geoffrey Ibeabuchi of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Umuahia Diocese, the Igbos are the endangered species among other tribes in Nigeria. He made this statement during the state of the nation address at the 3rd Session of the 10th Synod held at St. Silas Anglican Church, Old Umuahia last Friday. The bishop called on political and religious leaders to build bridges among the Igbos and between the Igbos and the rest of the country.
The Synod also discussed the underdevelopment of the Southeast, emphasizing that the region could be the Japan of Africa if given the necessary attention. The Synod urged all South Easterners to look homeward and rebuild the economy of the Southeast to the glory of God.
The Synod requested the Federal Government to seek a political solution to the problem of the South East and to release Mazi Nnamdi Kalu from detention. The Synod condemned the suppression, intimidation, and harassment of Ndi Igbo and the attacks on the assets of Ndigbo in other parts of the country, calling on the government and security agencies to go after the criminals and hoodlums parading as IPOB within and around their land.
The Synod also prayed for the incoming government to critically look into the removal of the petroleum subsidy and alleviate the suffering and hardship on Nigerians by making petroleum products available to citizens.
Finally, the Synod congratulated Dr. Alex Otti on his victory as Abia governor-elect and called on those who won in the last general elections in the state to be magnanimous in victory. They urged Dr. Otti to fulfill the expectations of Abians and not tolerate excuses, as it is a new dawn in Abia State.