About 1,000 delegates from the 178 Dioceses of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) last Wednesday stormed Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to deliberate on the progress of the church and much more importantly, the state of the nation.
The church, which is worried over the state of the nation’s economy and high level corruption in the country, would from that day embark on a week-long conference to address the issues, with a view to proffering an enduring solution to the endemic situation.
The 1,000-member standing committee of the church, led by its Primate, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, according to Anglican Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa, who addressed journalists in Ibadan to herald the meeting, reeled out a tale of woes of the nation as regards the national polity but concluded that with divine intervention, the forthcoming 2015 general election would be a success story.
While disabusing the minds of Nigerians on the fears over the prediction that the country would break up in 2015, Akinfenwa said: “God is able to overrule that prediction. We trust in God and we have been praying ceaselessly for His divine intervention.”
“We also believe that He will endow our leaders with the wisdom to take the right decisions that will benefit all our nationals in the matter. The Church of Nigeria is on the side of righteousness,” he said.
The cleric appreciated the architects of the much-talked-about national conference, saying it was in the right direction “and it is part of the possible solutions to the myriads of problems confronting Nigeria as a nation.”
The last edition of the standing committee meeting of the body was held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, last year with President Goodluck Jonathan delivering a keynote address at the gathering.
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, is expected to host this year’s edition of the conference holding at St. James’ Cathedral, Oke Bola, Ibadan.