The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has reiterated that the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion is strongly opposed to Homosexuality adding that they will not be involved with any Church that admits this practice. He made this statement during the courtesy visit paid on him at the Episcopal House, Wuse zone 5 Abuja by the Bishop of Guildford, Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill who led a delegation of four persons from his diocese. They include Rev. David Minns (the Bishop of Guildford’s Link Officer for Nigeria), Mr. Keith Malcouronne (Member of General Synod, Bishop’s Council and Chairman of the Guildford/Nigeria Link Committee) and Mr. Nicholas Edmonds (Deputy Diocesan Secretary/Communications team leader).
The Bishop of Guildford said that their visit was to greet the Primate, inform him of their intention to visit the dioceses in the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion that they partner with and to discuss other thriving issues with him. He also acknowledged that the Western Church was undergoing challenges and therefore in need of prayers from the Church of Nigeria.
Primate Okoh appreciated the delegation and discussed with them the major issue dividing the Church, which he said is the issue of homosexuality. He enlightened the visitors that the Nigerian Church is a rural one stating that they accept and receive only that which has been taught to them and is familiar to them. Therefore, he advised the visitors to be mindful of what they say when they visit and avoid doing anything that will make them unwelcomed in these areas.
“Though the Church in Nigeria is not perfect, they hold unto what they have been taught from generations and from the Scriptures”, Archbishop Okoh said.
In response to their appreciation for hospitality and warm reception, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh wished the soon to retire Bishop Hill of Guildford, a fruitful retirement and assured him that the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion will continue to honour the partnership that has been established as long as no strange teaching or doctrine is introduced. He also stated that the Church of Nigeria covets their prayers especially on the current security challenges.