By Olayinka Latona & Gabriel Olawale
LAGOS— PRIMATE of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, yesterday, called on Nigerian Christians, especially those in the northern part of the country, to defend their faith against the persecution and onslaught arising from heretic teachings and practices in the region.
The Primate made the charge at the multi-purpose occasion of the consecration of three new Bishops, presentation of the Dean, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Niger and the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos.
The cleric, who urged Christians not to forget the place of prayer in tackling the onslaught on Christians in the North, stated that Christians must be steadfast in prayer.
His words: “It was so in the Bible time. If you read Revelation, you will find out that it is not new. What we charge them is to be diligent in prayer, monitor their environment and stand firm in the Lord. Those in the volatile areas should pray and wait on the Lord, follow the examples of Christian leaders of old, some of them even died in order to defend their faith. They should not sell out but be strong and defend their faith.”
On his part, the Bishop of Lagos West, Bishop James Olusola Odedeji, said the level of insecurity in the country was crying for attention, hence government at all levels should ensure that lives and properties are protected.
The consecrated bishops included: Venerable Israel ‘Kelue Okoye as Bishop of Ihiala; Very Rev. Akinpelu Johnson, Bishop of Lagos Mainland Diocese and Ven. Abel Ajibodu as Bishop of Ile-Oluji; Bishop of Umuahia and archbishop of Aba Province, Revd Ikechi Nwosu was presented as dean of the church of Nigeria.
Also, Rev. Michael Fape was consecrated as archbishop. He succeeds Rev. Adebayo Akinde, who is retiring as Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province.