The Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has sent a message of Congratulations to the new Bishop of Ogbomoso Missionary Diocese the Rt. Rev Titus Olayinka. The Primate who gave the complimentary remarks shortly after the Consecration of the new Bishop prayed that the work of the former Bishop will endure and the new one will go forward.
He welcomed the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, the Rear Admiral John Jonah Rtd., who represented the Governor Seriake Dickson that is on leave. Primate prayed that God will continue to bless Bayelsa State. Prayers were said for the welfare and release of the kidnapped Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey.
Solidarity messages were received from the Sultan of Sokoto who wished the Communion victory over the travail of kidnapping, the Nigerian Baptist Convention, the Primate of the African Church Archbishop Udofia, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Secretary of CAN Rev. Dr. Asake and Rev. Dr. Williams Okoye of All Nations for Christ Abuja also sent messages of goodwill praying for the Communion.
In an interview after the service, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh told journalists that the Anglican Church is not against anybody because they are simple minded and are working for the progress of the country particularly the poor. He said anybody holding the dean of the Church of Nigeria for anything should release him unconditionally. He said further that it is not in the interest of the country that the servant of God should be killed or punished for what he does not know or be made to shed tears adding that if that happens, it is a curse on the land, a curse on those holding him generations after them. The Primate cautioned that it is not in their interest to hold the man of God. According to him, up till now they have not given any reasons for holding him. He said the Anglican Church is in every village, every city working for the liberation of the poor people adding that if the people the Church is working for now turn around to kidnap the man of God, they are cursing themselves. He said at the end of the Standing Committee meeting a communiqué will be issued to highlight the major concerns of the church and the Nation.
He advised the new Bishop to go by the message of the sermon, he should be focused especially against the background of today’s materialism hence he should not allow himself to be deflected from the course of the gospel, he should stand firm and offer credible leadership as the example of Jesus Christ.