Govt. Take Over Of Schools Ruined Nigerian Education, Bishop Laments

SchoolThe Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ekiti, Most Rev Christopher Omotunde, has called on the Ekiti State government to return schools established by the Church to it for effective management and to boost the standard of education in the state.

He made the call in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at a press conference heralding the week-long activities marking the 50th anniversary of the diocese.

Describing the taking over of the schools by government as ‘robbery’, the Bishop pointed out that the fall in the standard of education being witnessed in the country could have been averted if the schools were still under the management of the churches.

The Bishop said: “Government acted like armed robbers by taking over schools they didn’t know the vision behind its establishment.

“Governments are bad managers and you can see the damage they have done to schools established by missionaries across Nigeria.

“Former Governor Kayode Fayemi wrote to us on the need to take over some schools and we replied back and indicated our intention to take over some schools, but the process never reached the advanced stage till the expiration of his tenure.

“We have taken another bold step and we believe it will yield result under the present government.”

Omotunde lamented also how the facilities at the Ile Abiye hospital established  by the church in Ado Ekiti to enhance quality healthcare delivery at affordable rate were allegedly looted and taken to Ekiti State Specialists Hospital (now Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital), saying this further confirmed how destructive the government could be.

The Bishop also warned the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) against unnecessary conviviality with politicians, saying the association is an organization set up to propagate the ideals of unity and  spiritual growth of Christians  and  it should not deviate from this vision.

The Bishop said that the Anglican Church will use the anniversary to immortalize the late Primate of the Anglican Communion and indigene of Odo Owa Ekiti, Most Rev Abiodun Adetiloye and other Bishops that had superintended over the diocese for their contributions and sacrifices.

Reeling out the achievements of the church, Omotunde said that the diocese has made tremendous impacts in the spiritual lives of Ekiti people since its creation in 1966 by establishing many churches and a school of science and technology as well as youth skills development centre to build human capacity.

The cleric said the church is presently venturing into estate developing business being part of the efforts to boost the economy of the state and make the church self-sustaining.

“We have been performing our social responsibility very well. We are not only teaching our members, but we enhance their capacities in skills acquisition.

“We recently built a church in the prison yard in Ado Ekiti and today, the spiritual lives of many of the inmates had improved for better.

“This is part of our welfare and social responsibility to the people and we won’t deviate from this,” he said.

Anglican Primate Urges Nigerians To Pray For Nigeria’s Well-Being

Primate of the church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas OkohThe Bishop of Abuja and Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has advised Nigerians to pray for the well-being of the nation.

Speaking in Abuja at the 2015 Episcopal visit and service on Sunday, Reverend Okoh said that the challenges being faced by Nigeria as a nation can be surmounted by the collective prayers of all well meaning Nigerians.

He advised parents to train their children in order to help them attain biblical discipline, character development, perseverance and endurance in addition to developing the habit of prayer and fasting that will purify them in words and deeds.

God’s Punishment Awaits Those Against Anti-Gay Law- Okoh

The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh has said that those canvassing same-sex marriages in the country would face the punishment of God.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the 70th birthday of his predecessor, Dr, Peter Akinola, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.

He however commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his courage in signing the anti-gay bill into law which has continued to generate reactions in some quarters in Nigeria and beyond.

According to him, those not in support of the bill are like the biblical duo, Adam and Eve who questioned God for asking them not to eat the fruits from the Garden of Eden.

His words: “Many people do not realise that what is referred to as the homosexual trouble is not the homosexual or lesbian trouble but people’s refusal to accept the scripture for what it is, authority for life and practice following God.

He added: “in the beginning, man questioned the authority of God in the garden by saying did God actually say that you should not eat the forbidden fruit. That challenge to God’s authority dethroned God’s power and enthroned man’s power.

“”So they concluded that God has no right to tell man what to do and that they were the people who knew what to do. So man set God aside and took over the command. Consequently, disaster followed”.

He said the same thing was happening today in the issue of human sexuality. “It is not about whether a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, the question in the garden (of Eden) has come back again”.

Asking rhetorically, the primate said: “did God say that you should marry only a woman? Did God say a woman should marry only a man? God is wrong, we have come of age, man is right. And as in the former time, disaster followed when man dethroned God. So again it shall happen that if man decided to stick to the principle of dethroning God, He will face nothing but disaster”.

Akinola, during an interview with journalists said his journey in life had been tortuous and  rugged but the good Lord is taking him through.

Commenting on his ordeals in the hands of hoodlums who attacked him last December and took away his vehicle, he appealed to Nigerian youths to be self-reliant.