At CON Standing Committee, Buhari optimistic about God’s intervention — Sunday Magazine — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to continue to intercede for the nation, saying Nigerian leaders need God’s intervention to steer the affairs of the nation.

Buhari revealed this during the second Church Standing Committee of 2022 with the theme, “Your kingdom is coming; Your will be done,” held at St. Matthias House, Gudu District, Abuja.

The President who was represented at the event by Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, congratulated the head of the church, Primate Henry Ndukuba for his outstanding leadership and successful hosting of the committee.

Buhari, who pledged to continue supporting the Church including ensuring freedom of worship, expressed optimism that God’s will for the country will be done in the upcoming general elections in 2023.

In his goodwill message, the former Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Bishop Nicholas Okoh, said the nation was at the peak of political maneuvering. According to him, “different people come together to outsmart each other and seize power. If they succeed and are the right people, the nation will be blessed. But if they are not the right people, the nation will be doomed.

Urging the Church to rise to the challenge of properly guiding the people in specific terms to vote in the upcoming elections, Okoh said bishops and church leaders should resist the temptation to be lured in by those desperately seeking powers, noting that they obviously want to serve themselves and not the people or God.

In his address, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Dan. Okoh, described the Church in Nigeria as a Church that has had a great impact on the socio-economic development of the nation and a strong voice in the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN).

Okoh, who was represented by Bishop Mike Akpan, urged the Church to continue to stand up in righteousness and pray for the nation, which at present is going through many security challenges, noting that the theme of the Standing Committee is appropriate.

Okoh said, “When the Kingdom of God comes, His will will be done, and we will live in peace.”

Furthermore, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Bishop Henry Ndukuba condemned the callousness and impunity of political leaders, especially the two major major parties in the country.

Ndukuba reiterated his earlier stance on the Muslim-Muslim APC ticket and frowned, saying that if imposed on the nation, he would give in to religious and social discrimination.

While calling for a change in the electoral pattern in the country, the primate said: “The big parties have taken the citizens for granted. There are other viable alternatives if proper and sincere negotiations are conducted. Citizens’ political action and commitment will deliver this country from this political ineptitude.

He added, “As it is commonly said, ‘your vote is your right’, we encourage all Nigerian voters to come out in droves and vote for the right candidates. Vote for leaders not leaders, vote for integrity and character, vote for those who have a record of godly leadership and who care about the ordinary citizens of this country. Vote for people, not parties. Any politician who has been insensitive to the plight and suffering, oppression and death of the ordinary Nigerian should not be elected to lead this nation. Enough is enough. We desire a new Nigeria where every part of the political process gives birth to a new Nigeria.

The former Archbishop of Bendel, Msgr. (Dr.) Friday Imaekhai, who led the Bible studies during the services of the Standing Committee, regretted that there had been a gross deterioration and decay in the morality and value of society, for most of the things that were once considered bad, appalling, disgraceful and disgraceful are now considered fashionable and acceptable with impunity and blatant disobedience to today’s rules and decency.

The event included a special memorial service in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II of England by the British Commission to Nigeria at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp Abuja on September 15, 2022.

Meanwhile, the next Standing Committee will be held in February 2023 at Kubwa Diocese, Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion included Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Nigeria and their spouses, clergy and lay delegates from all dioceses and mission areas of the Church; Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Others are the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi; President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Dan. Okoh, who was represented by Bishop Mike Akpan; Rear Admiral Segun Adebari and Professor John Kennedy Opara.

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