Church of Nigeria

Security of The Nation Demands Extreme Sacrifice – Primate Okoh

The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has stated that many who make negative comments about the Nigerian Military do not actually know what is involved in a military assignment. He made this statement during his courtesy visit to Rear Admiral Patrick Agholor, the Commandant National Defence College in Abuja. The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria said that to be involved in an organization that demands extreme sacrifice and denial is difficult and according to him, it is the duty of those who understand the daily risk being taken by the armed forces as they tackle the insecurity in the nation, to encourage the work of the military.

Primate Okoh observed that a good number of those disparaging the contributions of the military have never taken any risk for the country. Therefore, he acknowledged the herculean task of the armed forces and their role in protecting the lives and properties of citizens in Nigeria. On the issue of the nation’s unity, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh suggested that apart from the National Youth Service Corps, every man and woman should be given the opportunity to experience an aspect of the military life. According to him, if the aforementioned is done, patriotism will no longer be something that is taught only in the classroom. He said, “the military are taught to have no other passion than serving the nation and to them patriotism is a daily business unlike the political statements and rhetorics that people hear everywhere on patriotism.”

In response, Rear Admiral Patrick Agholor, the Commandant of the National Defence College, welcomed the head of the Anglican Church and his entourage to the college and appreciated their effort in making time to encourage them in their service to the nation. He thanked the Church for their prayers, which he said is being felt on daily basis.

The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh in quick succession offered prayers for the College, the Nigerian Armed Forces, the President and peace for the Nigerian nation in general.

Also present at the courtesy call were the wife of the Commandant, Mrs. Agholor, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade (Deputy Commandant), Air Commodore S I Alade (Directing Staff, NDC), Air Commodore Aliyu Lawal (Director), Ambassador Kunle Adeyanju ( National Geo-Political Affairs), Commodore Essien Epkiken (Director), Col. Ayim Odu (Director, History Research and Archives), and Col. M. M. Bunza (College Librarian).

Also on the entourage of the Primate of all Nigeria were the Rtd. Col S Y Adama (Chief Security Officer), Ven. Festus Nwafili (Chaplain to the Primate), Ven. Foluso Taiwo (Director of Communications CON), Rev. Canon Ifeanyi Akunna (Secretary to the Primate), Rev. Canon Kingsley Obuh (PA to the Primate) and Barr. Nonso Anozie.