Anglicans get new Primate

A new Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has been elected.  He is the Most Rev. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Archbishop of Jos and Bishop of Gombe.
His election was confirmed after the Church’s Episcopal Synod at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Asaba, Delta State, on Tuesday.
Most Rev. Ndukuba succeeds Primate Nicholas Okoh who is due for retirement next year.
Born in 1959 in Anambra State, the Primate-elect was consecrated the first Bishop of the Diocese of Gombe alongside seven other bishops, on Sept. 21, 1999.  The Diocese was inaugurated as the 71st diocese of the Church of Nigeria on Nov. 25, 1999.
The House of Bishops, on Sept. 22, 2017, in Port Harcourt, elected him as new Archbishop of Jos Ecclesiastical Province, thus, he succeeded Archbishop Benjamin Kwasi, the Bishop of Jos.
The Most Rev. Ndukuba, who is also the chairman of the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee of the Church of Nigeria, is expected to assume office in March 2020 at the expiration of the term of office of the current Primate.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Most Revd. Henry Ndukuba on his emergence as the Primate-elect of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), the President also felicitated with members of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria on the successful election of a new spiritual leader, who will by the grace of God direct the affairs of the church in the next ten years.
“President Buhari appreciates the role of the Anglican Church in promoting interfaith dialogue, peace, stability, education and social welfare in the country.
“With a long and distinguished vocation as a priest for 30 years, bishop for 20 years and archbishop for two years, the President counts on the Primate-elect, who is at present the Bishop of Gombe Diocese & Archbishop of Jos Province of the Anglican Communion, to continue in propagating the qualities that epitomises the ministry of Jesus Christ, who taught his followers love, compassion and humility.
“President Buhari also commends the outgoing Primate of the Church, His Grace, the Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh, for his dedication, service and leadership, recounting the invaluable support this administration has received from the Church.
“The President wishes Archbishop Ndukuba a successful tenure as he begins a new phase of ministry as the fifth Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the statement concluded.

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