Crowder Chariot Passing Out Ceremony – Sleeping On Duty, An Act Of Suicide – Primate Okoh

The Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has charged the newly trained security guards of the Crowther Chariots Services Limited to always be at alert, adding that sleeping on duty is an act of suicide. He gave this charge during the passing out ceremony of the first batch of security guards which was held at the headquarters in Wuse zone 5, Abuja. He further advised them to ensure that they rest at the appropriate time, so that they are awake and ready in case of an enemy attack. Quoting the Scripture that states that while men slept the enemy came and sowed bad seeds, Primate Okoh stated that to be alert also has its spiritual implications. Therefore, the Cleric enjoined the guards not to be caught unawares by the enemy. He appreciated all those who have worked hard to ensure the take-off of this security outfit with particular mention to Gen. David Ndefo (Rtd), Brigadier Gen. Ezeka (Rtd) and the Chief Security Officer, Col. S.Y. Adama (Rtd).

Meanwhile, the Ven. Peter Okunromade who gave a brief history of the Crowther Chariots Servives Limited has pointed out that the situation in which the Church has become prime targets for the activities of the Islamist sect (Boko Haram), kidnappers and armed robbers has demanded that well trained and equipped security feat be evolved for the Church to complement government security effort. He stated that Board of Directors were appointed and they include, the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Gen. David Ndefo (Rtd), Barr. Mrs. Kehinde Ajoni, Sir Herbert Ike and Col. Akin Moses (Rtd). According to him, an adhoc committee made up of Major Gen. David Ndefo (Rtd), Brigadier Gen. Ezeka (Rtd), Mrs. Modupe Akinkugbe, Rev. Canon Ephraim Akanya and Col. S. Y. Adama (Rtd) was also set up to draft the manuals and estimates for takeoff. Ven. Okunromade noted that the security outfit seeks to restore confidence to persons and parishioners within the Abuja diocese, ward off miscreants and strange persons from the Churches, schools and mission compounds, guaranty safety of lives and property within the environment of the diocese, ensure sanity and security awareness of members, empower the trainees on the use of domestic digital security gadgets and equipment and to create job security in house in the diocese.

A brief exhortation was given by the Rev. Canon Ovie Ezimeruwe, Vicar of NTA Chapel, Area 11, Abuja who called the guards to note that they were on a sacred assignment stating that though they are answerable to their bosses, they are also answerable to God. Hence, he charged them to see God in all that they do and carry out their duty as unto the Lord; stressing that their reward if they are faithful, will come from God and not necessarily from their bosses or in their salary allowances. He asserted that discernment is key in security and not just the carrying of arms and therefore, he enjoined them to learn to discern, be alert and be observant.

In an interview, the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion and Archbishop and Bishop of the Abuja Anglican diocese, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh stated that it is the need to have loyal people to guard the Churches and homes of members of the Anglican Communion that has informed the creation of this security outfit. He added that the by-product of this establishment is the creation of jobs to better the lives of people.

The training of this first batch was a two week intensive security training which produced 91 males and 9 females. Highpoints of the ceremony include the commissioning of the headquarters, parade, and presentation of prizes to outstanding individuals amongst them. Also present at the event were Priests of the Anglican diocese of Abuja, staff of the Episcopal House and other invited guests.