Church of Nigeria

SPORTMANSHIP SPIRIT, PANACEA TO UNITY AND ONENESS OF THE NIGERIAN NATION- PRIMATE OKOH

SPORTMANSHIP SPIRIT, PANACEA TO UNITY AND ONENESS OF THE NIGERIAN NATION- PRIMATE OKOH

The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has stated that a person cannot take a stand for God, if he or she is not willing to be separate. He made this statement during the dedication of the Cathedral Church of St. John Ekwulobia, Anambra state. He explained that children of God are expected to stand for God even when others refuse to do so adding that one with God is always the majority. The Primate emphasized that it does not take a crowd to build for God, but a few dedicated servants of God.

Archbishop Okoh defined dedication as the setting apart of something or someone for the use of God’s people and to the glory of God. Therefore, he pointed out that the new Church is now entirely God’s property and hence, it must be kept holy. He said to be holy goes beyond doing good and an outward show of religion as displayed by the Pharisees, who according to him, though separated to God were discredited by their negative thoughts.

He congratulated all those who contributed towards the building of the Church and thanked God that they were alive to see the completed structure. The Cleric observed that what usually brings about the delay in completion of buildings is the absence of credible leadership and not lack of money; stating that when that vacuum of credible leadership is created, there will be constant disagreement which will cause a delay in the completion of that building. So, he thanked God for the Clergy and their wives for the role they played in making sure that the Church was finished.

Primate Okoh enjoined the congregation to conduct themselves properly and be clothed with humility whenever they come to seek God pointing out that pride is not of God. In conclusion, the Cleric charged the people to ensure that their lives were also dedicated to God and further challenged them to endeavour not to abuse the house of God, which he described as a house of prayer. According to the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, it is only when their lives have been dedicated to God that what they do in the Church will be acceptable to God.