The President ofNigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has urged Christians to put on the wholeamour of God in other to combat challenges facing the country. He said this atthe church of Nigeria standing committee meeting held at St Peters Deanery Yenagoa,Bayelsa state.
The President welcomedthe Primate of all Nigeria, the Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh, church leaders andother people present to the state. He acknowledged and appreciated theunwavering faith and support of the church to his administration and thecountry at large. He saluted the courage, consistency, perseverance andpatience of the church in the face of the recent challenges.
He stated that thetheme, ‘Put on the whole armour of God’ is a call on the nation to show greaterfaith in Gods wisdom and put faith into better use to improve the society whileresisting all evils adding that the theme is a timely reminder that Christiansare called to fight spiritual wars not with physical weapons but with faith andlove. He admonished Christians that their calling as people of faith is toconstantly demonstrate love to all humanity like Jesus Christ always did,saying that their fight should be against their worst enemy as a nation whichhe listed as terrorism, insecurity, crime, corruption, poverty, disease andignorance. He expressed gratitude to God for helping the country to nail thewar against terrorism stating that Nigeria is a society of peace where noreligion and culture takes to violence.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathancommended the church of Nigeria on the establishment of the Anglican CableNetwork Nigeria Television station and the channel will provide the church withmore opportunities to propagate the message of love, peace and unity as theworld has basically turned into the era of information and communicationtechnology.
He appreciated thechurch for standing against injustice, crime and most especially demonic aberrationsto lifestyles. He charged everyone to put on the whole armour of God statingthat there is no better time to pray, fellowship and share love than now.
Meanwhile, the Governorof Bayelsa state, Hon. Seriake Dickson has commended the opportunity given tothe diocese of Niger Delta West to host the meeting. He expressed profoundappreciation for the prayers, solidarity, support and encouragement of thechurch to the country. He enjoined church leaders and Christians to continue topray for peace and stability, especially now when the country is facingchallenges. He added that they should keep the flag of faith flying becausewhere men of God gather, there you find blessings.
The former Primate of Nigeria, Anglicancommunion, the Most Reverend Peter Jasper Akinola ably represented by theArchbishop of Lagos province and the Diocesan of Lagos Mainland diocese the MostReverend Adebayo Akinde wished the standing committee successful deliberationsand also prayed for the country to know peace and grow from strength tostrength.
Also the representativeof CANA, the Rt. Reverend Julian Dobbs extended the greetings of Anglicans inNorth America (CANA). He showed appreciation for partnership between the twoprovinces and creation of new dioceses. He further prayed for moreopportunities to minister and fellowship, adding that God would strengthen thebond between the two provinces. He prayed for peaceful counsel at the meeting.
The Rt. ReverendOko-jaja, Bishop of Niger Delta West welcomed everybody to the diocese onbehalf of the good people of the diocese. He extended appreciation to thepresident, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Bayelsa state governor for theirsupport and encouragement. The diocesan also expressed appreciation to the primatesaying that it is with great pleasure that the diocese is hosting this Augustoccasion. He wished everyone journey mercies to their destinations.
The representative ofthe Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta and dean of the church of Nigeria,the Rt. Reverend Tunde Adeleye expressed felicitations from the province. Heprayed and wished the meeting fruitful deliberations.