By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona

It was a double celebration for the members of Rev. Chris Okotie’s church, The Household of God, Oregun, Lagos as he was consecrated “Prince of Nigeria” during a special service to mark his 53rd birthday anniversary.

The consecration ceremony which took place last Sunday, was performed by the General Overseer of Goodnews Bible Church, and the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State chapter Bishop George Amu.

Bishop Amu, who said he had known Okotie for about 40 years, paid glowing tribute to the reverend, stressing that the consecration marked the beginning of a new phase of the pastor’s ministry.

“As the ‘Prince of Nigeria’, you are our ambassador of peace; you are to promote peace in Lagos State, and throughout the country. You are to preach and love and also prophesy peace to our nation,” Bishop Amu added during the brief ceremony.

He then anointed Okotie and his wife, Stephanie to the admiration of the large crowd of worshippers.

“Today a prince is being assigned, crowned and ordained in Nigeria and his primary assignment is to prophecy peace in Lagos and Nigeria. I hereby anoint, consecrate and crown you ‘Prince of Nigeria.’

Continuing, Amu said Rev Okotie is known as someone who has been in the vang-uard of peace and prophecy of peace, adding “No more dangerous messages. He is going to move higher.”

Earlier, the celebrant told his audience that in Biblical terms, the ceremony was very significant.

He drew attention to his popular book, THE LAST OUTCAST, where the title ‘Prince of Nigeria’ was given to the protagonist of the no-vel, Pastor Sam. As the story goes in the novel, Okotie is the alter ego of the protago-nist.

He said, his 24 years of ministry represent a water-shed in his life, “my first 12 years was for Sam, of whom I am the alter ego and the second 12 years was for me.” Therefore, Okotie formally assumes this new responsibi-lity as the prophetic voice of the nation. That’s the essence of his ‘Prince of Nigeria’ ordination.

Responding to the spate of bombings in different parts of the country, Okotie said he received the news with shock.

“I was saddened and out-raged by this unfortunate incident when I got the news. When the law enforcement agencies become targets of this kind of attack, who then is safe? The Federal Govern-ment must move swiftly to arrest this situation’’, he added, stressing that bomb-ings should not be viewed in isolation, but the entire state of national security, includ-ing kidnapping, armed robbery, assassinations, arson, pipeline vandalism and terrorism should be carefully analysed and last-ing solutions proffered to restore peace and tranquillity in the nation.

It was a colourful event and the long rendition of Rev. Okotie’s original gospel songs enlivened the church atmosphere.

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