The Standing Committee meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has raised a number of issues of national import at its five-day, just concluded session held at the Bishop Agori-Iwe Memorial Anglican Church, Ughelli in Delta State.
Emphasising on the theme of the session – Watch and Pray – the committee enjoins all, especially Christians, to “watch and pray and avoid getting invoved in any crisis situation”.
In a communiqué signed at the end of the deliberations by the chairman and Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the standing committee “calls for the entrenchment of rotational presidency” (consistent with the multi-ethnic and multi-religious configuration of the country) among the six geopolitical zones of the country.
It affirms that this will reduce tension and huge resources spent in campaigns and electioneering, recommending, decentralization of power with specification of which region comes after another and that this be entrenched in the constitution for the office of the president to avoid short-charging any region.”
On the theme, the committee which is made up of House of Bishops (157 in attendance). House of Clergy (158 in attendance), and 64 members from the House of the Laity, emphasizes the imperative that “we live worthy lives in a society that is awash with religious/moral hypocrisy in both church and society: It therefore calls on Christians to be good examples for those who are watching and those who have strayed from the straight path of godliness,”.
While acknowledging and appreciating Federal Government’s reduction in fuel pump price from N97 per litre to N87, the Nigeria Rail System and the sustaining progress in the agricultural sector, the committee calls on the global Anglican Communion, in particular the church of Nigeria to continue to uphold the authority of God’s hand written and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God and author of eternal salvation.
It puts it ..: “The Standing Committee calls on all Anglican Churches to remain loyal to the faith which was once for all time delivered unto the saints, to watch and pray and to reject all doctrinal attacks on the scriptures and deviations”.
Prominent people sent goodwill messages; these include, President Goodluck Jonathan; the Primate of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), the Most Rev. Foley Beach; the immediate past Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Peter Akinola; the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduagha, among others.