FULL TEXT + VIDEO: Primatial Address at the 14th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.September 22, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- August 5, 2015
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A call has gone to all well-meaning, God fearing men and women young and old, intellectual and artisans to come over to Yewaland and build the spiritual wall with a view to removing reproach from the land.
The Rt. Revd. Michael Oluwarohunbi, bishop of the diocese of Yewa (Anglican Communion) made this plea in his presidential address delivered to the 2nd session of the 9th synod held at St Peters’ church Igan-Alade in Ogun State.
According to the bishop, Yewa people may not have been physically exiled like the Jewish people of old, yet they have been marginalised for too long in every area of human endeavour. He said the identity must be changed.
While speaking on the theme of the synod ‘Come let us build’ the incumbent bishop of Yewa Anglican diocese stressed the need for Christians to spend quality time in prayer in the presence of God just as Nehemiah did so as to enjoy favour of the lord.
Bishop Oluwarohunbi asked Christians to imbibe the distinctive characteristics displayed by Nehemiah in high spirituality, in intimate relationship with God, acknowledging God’s supremacy and sovereignty at all times, approaching him with reverence and humility.
He said it is disheartening that Christians today have turned prayer to a display of showmanship, yelling dramatizing and doing acrobatic displays without a deep conviction of God, his power and might adding that God cannot be bribed or bought over by repetitive vain or fancy words. He said that just as Nehemiah experienced opposition leaders are also confronted with threats in the church of God and nation by enemies of progress through shameful manipulations.
He therefore called on leaders to be watchful, strategic, alert, firm, resolute and courageous in the face of demonic forces that are busy stealing, killing and destroying innocent souls. He called on the new government not to listen to lousy and hypocritical Nigerians now parading the corridors of power adding that they are the one who are responsible for the deplorable state of the economy, national infrastructure and the level of morality which he said is at its lowest ebb.
Bishop Oluwarohunbi called on the leaders at the helm of affairs in Nigeria to like Nehemiah have a heart of compassion and with courage resist the devil and come to the rescue of Nigeria and Nigerians.