The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has again appealed to the Government and those in charge of security in this Nation to do all in their power to help set free the number two in hierarchy in the Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey abducted by kidnapped five days ago.
He made this appeal when he and his team of Archbishops paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah at the Government House. Primate Okoh said that the absence of the Archbishop of Niger Delta Province has brought distress to the Standing Committee Meeting. He said his state of health is precarious in detention without his drugs, wearing only one Cassock.
The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria then appealed to the acting Governor to do everything to help seek release the man of God so that his captors may not receive curses upon themselves. He reminded them of what the Bible says about the consequences on those who degenerate in morals to the extent of holding the Archbishop captive adding that the repercussions are bound to follow either now or in future including their generations.
He thanked the Government for the warm reception received, the arrangement made for their comfort, the security and adequate accommodation arrangement for their stay in Bayelsa State. He intimated the acting Governor with the nature of the meeting which he said holds twice in a year for the review of work done so far in the Vineyard of God so as to be able to know whether the way forward.
He said it is always good to challenge themselves to do better. He said the houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity are gathered to review the state of the Nation and see from their perspective to know if all is well with the Country because according to him, the Church and politicians in a way, minister to same persons, make suggestions to Government, Federal, State, and Local, take interest in the issues that are bugging the Nation and offer their own type of solution. Present at the courtesy call are the Archbishops and Bishops of the Communion, Speaker Bayelsa House of Assembly the Rt. Honourable Friday Benson, Members of the Executive Council, the Principal Executive Secretary, Senior Special Assistants, the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bayelsa State and Chaplain of the government house among others.
Meanwhile, in his response the Acting Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd.) congratulated the new Bishop of the Missionary diocese of Ogbomoso, Rt. Rev. Titus Olayinka on his consecration as Bishop. He said for his consecration to hold in Bayelsa state it is a sign of good things to come. He stated that the Governor is unavoidably absent because he is on leave and on assignment but he had already prepared to host the August Visitors. The Acting Governor said it is unthinkable for anybody anywhere in this country to hold hostage a Servant of God, whom he had earlier met and discussed with in preparation for the meeting. He said it is sad and a condemnable act, but he prayed and believe that the Archbishop will be released to join the meeting.
He described the Anglican Communion as highly organized, orderly and accountable. He said Christian organizations are very strict it is not surprising therefore that Christianity is embraced to a very great height.
He said emphatically that there is no state in the country that has passed into law by House of Assembly a day of thanksgiving adding that Bayelsa State has it in the 2nd of November every year saying it is compulsory to gather together to praise the Lord and identify themselves to God Almighty. Not only this he said the government has declared from onset zero tolerance for crime and criminality and it will not change adding that it is only in a peaceful environment that development, investment and employment can take place. He said that criminals have no place to hide in Bayelsa State.
He commended the incumbent Bishop of Diocese of Niger Delta West, Rt. Rev. Oko-Jaja for his humility, doggedness, character and ingenuity in the work of God in Bayelsa State.
The Acting Governor said the nation Nigeria is passing through a lot even things at the Federal level and whatever happens to the micro affects the macro.
He called on the Church to pray for peace of Nigeria and that individuals should submit their personal interest to corporate interest for the country to grow. He said the whole world looks unto Nigeria when they are looking at Africa because of the role Nigeria is playing in peace keeping. He promised to attend the formal opening of the conference with the President and the Governor of Bayelsa State. Presentations were made by the Deputy Governor to his Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh.