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Jonathan, Ekwueme, Gana Others Slated For Anglican Excellence Awards



Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

President Goodluck Jonathan, Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, and former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, among other personalities, are billed to receive award of distinguished excellence on spirituality from the  Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion in Enugu, South Eastern Nigeria.

The event which is  slated for tomorrow during the 11th General Synod of the church is expected to be attended by over 167 Bishops.

Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Monday.

Led by the Primate of Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Rev Nicholas Oko, the general synod which is the highest decision making body of the church holds every three years, and attracts about 1500 delegates, of eight members nominated from each diocese of the church in Nigeria.

The event will also feature the consecration of Bishops of Uyo and Oyo dioceses of the Church.

The General Synod Rev. Chukwuma, is scheduled to take place at Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd Enugu, and expected to deliberate on issues such corruption, distortion in the gospel and homosexuality, amongst other current national issues

According to him, the synod would come up with a position on certain developments in the country.

He said the church was worried about the level of moral decadence in Nigeria, explaining that it had come to a level where worshipers and servants of God were no longer safe, professing  their faith.

Arch. Bishop Chukwuma, further stated that the church was also concerned about the

rulership of the devil in the country, adding that there was a lot of corruption in Nigeria.

The theme of the Synod, “Thy Kingdom Come”, he said, was borne out of the realization that the kingdom of the world had expired, adding that the church was poised to call for the will of God to be done in the country.

“If the kingdom of God comes, life will be better, truth will prevail, justice and equity will be in place because right now, there is a lot of corruption, violence everywhere, envy, hatred, stealing, immorality and distortion of the gospel, for which you have homosexuality and lesbianism.

“These things are giving a lot of worry to the church and the Anglican Communion will use the synod to caution itself and wage war against the kingdom of devil and establish the kingdom of God.

“We are tired of terrorism; we are tired of issues threatening the unity of the church. We feel that time has come for us to ask for freedom because righteousness exalts a nation and when the righteous is in authority, the people rejoice”.

“As we prepare for 2015 elections, we are looking forward to a better reign and a better crème of people with fear of God in their heart, that will allow truth, honest of purpose to be in place, that will allow the interest of the masses to prevail.

“We feel that time has come for God to take over for progress to be established in our society”, he submitted.

The cleric also expressed worry on the alarming  rate of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the North East part of the country, calling on all and sundry to join hands with the Federal government in the war against insurgency.

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