You must stand against breakup -Primate tells Nigerians as Church of Nigeria Synod ends in Enugu From Emma Uwanekezi, Enugu

The primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has called on Nigerians to work hard to ensure that the prediction that Nigeria would disintegrate in 2015 does not materialize.

In his address at the last General Synod of the Church of Nigeria in Enugu recently, the primate insisted that God has good plans for Nigeria but warned that Nigerians could negate these God’s favourable plans by collaborating with enemies from outside to destroy the country.

Archbishop Okoh counseled both the government and opposition to be responsible.

In his words; “if those who win are magnanimous in victory, if those who lose are sportsmen and women, all will be well” adding also, “if the winners are greedy, brutal, repressive and triumphant, if on the other hand, the losers are disgruntled and unyielding then, we will by our own hands cause a total eclipse of the sun in our country”.

He explained that the General Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is an appraisal time when the church is re-focused on ways forward for days ahead adding that this year’s general synod focused on the performance of each diocese to know what they had done and what were left undone.

In his message to the synod, the Governor of Enugu State, Barr. Sullivan Chime, noted that some churches were dishing out unscriptural messages to their congregations.

In the address read by the Enugu State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Pastor Emeka Abugu, the governor urged the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to help in correcting the trend.

One of the highlights of the synod was the merit award to 36 persons, eight of them post-humous.

Some of the awardees include Dr. Alex Ekwueme, General Theophilus Danjuma, Prof. Jerry Gana, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Chief Olusegu Osunkeye and Mr & Mrs Folorunsho Alakija.

Also honoured were President Goodluck Jonathan, General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Most Rev. Peter Akinola whose awards, according to Archbishop Okoh, would be presented to them at a later date under a special arrangement.


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