By Etop Ekanem
THE Anglican Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Most Rev Adebola Ademowo, has said it is the nationâ€™s responsibility to pray for the quick recovery of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua so that he can resume at his desk.
Most Rev. Ademowo made the remark in Lagos yesterday while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up for the 90th anniversaryÂ celebration of the church.
According to him, â€œWe are praying for the presidentâ€™s quick recovery. It is our responsibility to pray for him so that he can recover fully and resume at his desk.â€
He said God had blessed Nigeria tremendously in the last 90 years through the Diocese of Lagos, adding: â€œIn another 10 years, the diocese would have presented Christ to this nation for 100 years. As we celebrate the past, we must also think of the future. What is the state of the nation? What impact are Christians making? How does the outside world view a nation that has had the gospel for well over 150 years?
â€œAs you do know, the answers to these questions are not particularly thrilling. Christians outside this country describe Christianity among Nigerians as â€˜a mile long but only an inch deep.â€™ This is a stigma that all Christians must work hard to remove from our image, both at home and abroad.
â€œFor this reason, our focus, as we approach a century, is to call on all Christians not only to speak for Christ, but also to live for Christ. We are to do more. We should so live that, like the first century Christians, our non-Christians neighbours would respect us as they see Christ in us and would desire to be like us. That way, Nigeria will be a better country for us all,â€ he said.
Ademowo enumerated some of the activities lined up for the 90th anniversary celebration to include a three-day revival in every parish from yesterday to Wednesday; Holy Communion Thanksgiving on Thursday; Victory night on Friday and Saturday; while Thanksgiving services will take place on Sunday in all parishes.