Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to improve on the salary and other allowances of civil servants if his administration must succeed in the fight against corruption.
Speaking at the enthronement of the new Anglican Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Timothy Yahaya, the Anglican Primate, identified poor remuneration of public servants at all levels, as one of the reasons for the high rate of corruption in Nigeria, particularly in the public service.
Lauding President Buhari’s commitment to fighting corruption, Bishop Okoh, however, 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.