By Our Reporter
Chancellors, Registrars and legal officers of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) have ended their 7th Annual Conference at the Basilica of Grace Church, Apo District, Diocese of Abuja.
The Primate of All Nigeria, Most Revd Nicholas D. Okoh (Anglican Communion), at the opening of the conference, reiterated that they were the souls and life of legal administration in the dioceses and the Church in general and that the Church is feeling their impact.
He appealed to the learned men and women to continue to play leadership roles always on ground and ensure that the Church continues to play its role as well as occupy and maintain her position in the entire Nigerian society.
According to the Primate, who was represented at the occasion by the Bishop Designate for Owo Anglican Diocese, the Rt. Revd Dr Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi, the Anglican Secretariat at the centre has been inundated by calls of people showing dismay and disappointment at the rate at which the so called Orthodox Anglican Church has been given publicity in our land.
He appealed that all hands should be on deck to ensure that the name Anglican is not abused here in Nigeria. He said the name Anglican is the exclusive name for Church of Nigeria for exclusive use not to be shared by any other group.
The Primate had in he past dissociated the church of Nigeria with the so-called orthodox Anglican Church.
The Chairman of the occasion who is the outgoing Dean of Church of Nigeria, the Most Revd George Latunji Lasebikan, the Archbishop of Ondo Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Ondo Diocese, said Christians have slacked from the faith
He called on Nigerian Christians to affirm that their lives start from being Christians before anything else otherwise, the Muslims would have an easy run over of Christians in Nigeria.
Dr Lasebikan said it is unfortunate that the Anglican Church is being robbed of their land at will, but he called on the legal experts of the Church to stop this henceforth because, according to him, the Church needs the land to enlarge the coast of God on earth.
In his welcome address, the Registrar of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Barrister Abraham Ndama Yisa, reminded the legal advisers of the theme of this year’s conference as contained an Acts 1: verse 8 said that their main witness in various dioceses is offering their services in diverse capacities as Chancellors, Registrars and Legal Officers.
He expressed his gratitude to the Primate for the support received in organizing the conference.
Barrister Yisa formally introduced to the Conference the New Chancellor of the Diocese of Abuja who also doubles as the Chancellor of Church of Nigeria, Odein Ajumogobia SAN, one-time Attorney General and commissioner of Justice of Rivers State and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Foreign Affairs.
He also welcomed the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Atheredolu SAN who is also one of their own as the Chancellor of Owo Anglican Diocese, and prayed that God will grant him the Wisdom of Solomon to successfully steer the affairs of the Sunshine State.
Among the Bishops and Archbishops at the Conference this year are Most Revd Dr George Latunji Lasebikan, (Chairman), Most Revd Dr Ikechi Nwosu, Most Revd. Akinyemi, the Rt. Revd David Onuoha (Episcopal Secretary), the Rt. Revd Daniel Yisa (Bishop Diocese of Minna) who chaired one of the sessions and the Rt. Revd P.O.J. Imasuen a Botanist and Bishop of Benin Diocese, one of the Resource persons and the Rt. Revd Dr Ayodeji Fagbemi who represented the Primate.