Bishop Ademowo Asks Nigerians To Pray For Leaders

Nigerians have been asked to pray for political leaders to imbibe the culture of accountability, in order to move the country forward.

The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Adebola Ademowo, made the appeal on Sunday as part of his Easter message.

According to him, “There is hope. We must continue to pray for Nigeria and I know that things will be back to normal. While not because of the prayers of the faithful, we won’t be where we are.

“We will pray more for Nigeria, we will pray more for political leaders so that they can continue to believe in accountability”.

The clergyman also expressed concern over security in the country and condemned the influx of arms into Nigeria.

“There are too many illegal influx of arms into the country and that is making life difficult. We need to checkmate all those,” he advised.

Bishop Ademowo further asked government to provide more jobs for the teeming youths, saying most of them still struggle for employment after their education.

“We need to pray more and provide more jobs for the youths. In the Diocese of Lagos, what we have done is to give them loans so that they can start their own small scale businesses.

“I only hope that someday, sometime, they won’t start to go on a rampage; we pray they don’t. But they are in their millions, they are graduating from universities and they can’t get jobs, they are just there,” he said.

Buhari Asks Nigerians To Be Patient

Buhari Asks Nigerians To Be PatientPresident Muhammadu Buhari says he is yet to recover from the shock he received when he discovered that the past governments did not save from the resources from oil boom in the country.

The President was speaking in his residence while addressing Christian faithful who came to pay Christmas homage to him in the Presidential Villa.

The group was led by the Archbishop John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Dr Nicholas Okoh, the chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

President Buhari reiterated the tripod issues on which his administration stands beginning with security, fight against corruption and infrastructure development and job creation.

“I believe some of you were following us during our campaigns and what we identified is still our fundamental fulcrum.

“Number one is security and we kept on saying that whether is it an organisation or a country, you have to secure it before you can manage it properly,” he said.

On the lack of savings by previous governments, he explained that the situation has made things quite difficult for his administration.

He pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the administration as it tackles the problems of insecurity, unemployment and infrastructure.

“I am looking forward to having people discuss with their colleagues to be patient with the government.

“We are always thinking about our country and our people and God in His infinite mercies has given Nigeria a lot of preachers.

“In terms of resources; both human and material, we better leave something for our children and grandchildren,” he said.

He also pleaded with the militants in the Niger Delta to be ready to discuss with government on how to share the resources in the Niger Delta region, especially now that the war against Boko Haram has been won.

Among the guests were friends and well-wishers from the Muslim community.

It has always been a tradition that they join the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to pay homage to the President during festivities and to also pray for him.

They did not visit empty handed, as they presented the President with giant Christmas cards and other items in form of artwork.

Abductors Release Wife Of Fagbemi, Anglican Church Secretary

Abductors Release Wife Of Fagbemi, Anglican Church SecretaryThree days after her abduction, Ebunoluwa Fagbemi, the wife of the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi has been released.

The 48-year-old woman was said to have been released by her abductors in Ikire, the headquarters of the Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State on Thursday.

Mrs Fagbemi, a teacher in one of the public secondary schools in Akure, was kidnapped on Monday night at her residence at Oba Ile Akure in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

A source close to the family disclosed that a ransom was paid before the victim was released.

But the husband of the victim, Venerable Fagbemi had earlier informed that the kidnappers contacted the family on the telephone and demanded for a sum of 20million Naira as ransom and the family had no such money.

According to the source, the abductors released the victim but they were yet to release the Toyota Jeep in which the victim was taken away.

The source said, “Mrs Fagbemi has been released in Ikire. I know a ransom was paid but I can’t tell you the amount that was paid as ransom. The family members had gone to bring her down to Akure.

“Though the woman has been released but the Toyota Jeep that was taken away with her has not been released. The kidnappers told the family that they would release it at a Police station. But up till now (Thursday), the jeep is still with them. ”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Femi Joseph confirmed the release of the woman but said he was yet to get the details of the matter as at the press time.

Joseph said: “We learnt that she has been released but we are still after the hoodlums, releasing the victim has not stopped us from getting the abductors. But we are yet to arrest anybody for now.”

All efforts to contact the husband, Venerable Fagbemi failed as his telephone line was switched off as at the time of filing this report.

Abductors Of Anglican Clergy’s Wife In Akure Demand 20m Naira Ransom

Gunmen Kill Final Year Student Of Imo State UniversityThe abductors of the wife of Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi, the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ebunoluwa Fagbemi, are demanding for 20 million Naira as ransom.

Mrs Fagbemi, a teacher in one of the public secondary schools in Akure, was abducted by some armed men who invaded her residence at Oba-Ile, Akure in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday night.

Police investigations revealed that the armed abductors gained entrance into the residence of the victim through the window and took the woman away with her vehicle, a Toyota Jeep, to an unknown destination.

The husband of the victim told Channels Television that the abductors had contacted the family, demanding a 20-million Naira ransom.

He, however, declared that the family had no such money.

The Anglican clergyman, who was a former Provost of Bishop Vining College of Theology, Akure said: “Everybody is traumatised and we are all praying for her safe return to us. Again there is a very outrageous expectation, the abductors demanded for 20 million Naira which I don’t think anybody can afford. But at the moment we are really praying”.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph said that the command had commenced investigation into the incident.

“Our men have already commenced the search for the woman, but you know we can’t disclosed the method we are using to the media now but we shall surely ensure that the victim would be released unhurt,” he added.

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.

Believe In Buhari’s Promise, Anglican Primate Tells Nigerians

nicholas-okoh-primate-of-anglican-communion-in-nigeriaThe Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has asked Nigerians to believe in President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise of better days ahead.

Most Reverend Okoh gave the advice while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the diocese of Osun Northeast of Anglican Communion in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State.

He says progress of Nigeria depends largely on unity.

The primate further emphasised the need for all Nigerians to work towards national development.

Prerequisite For Development

The clergyman, who noted that peace was a major prerequisite for development, urged political leaders and others to do away with the idea of supremacy.

“Nigerians should believe the President. They have no choice. He knows better than everybody, so what he is saying to them that recession will be short-lived, they should believe and look forward with hope.

“Unless we have unity, we will not make progress. It is a prerequisite for development, both the east, the West and the north and south must all learn to respect one another.

“There should be no idea of anybody trying to dominate one another, we must all cooperate and work as one in order to enhance national progress,” he emphasised.

On the economic situation of the country, Most Reverend Okoh stressed that recession was not peculiar to Nigeria alone and should not be allowed to destroy the country.

“Recession is not only a phenomenon in Nigeria. It happened in different countries depending on the state of the economy but it’s not enough to destroy the nation.

“All the people need to do is to stretch their imagination beyond the recession and make progress,” he advised.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to see beyond economic recession in order to make progress.

Adebisi Akande Says Military Takeover Of Missionary Schools Truncated Morality

adebisi-akandeA former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adebisi Akande, says the takeover of missionary schools by the military government altered the norm and morality that the missions had established in Nigerian schools and the society at large.

Mr Akande described missionary schools as institutions for moral instructions, saying that a decision to take over schools from the missionaries was equivalent to an attempt to expunge morality from the lives of the Nigerian children.

Mr Akande, who was a former Governor of Osun State, gave the opinion at the commissioning of a block of 10 classrooms built in his honour by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Osun Northeast Diocese in Otan Aiyegbaju, in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

According to Mr Akande, the consequence of the takeover of schools is evident in the society.

Akande said: “Whether in Islamic Madaris or in any evangelical learning centres, all missionary schools known to Nigerians were institutions for moral instructions”.

He related the pain Nigerians suffer today to what he called military interventions in governance.

He urged the missionaries to run schools side by side with other educational stakeholders in order to enable the society have a choice in producing future players in the employment markets.

“Where free education is the public policy, as it should be throughout Nigeria, let the government concerned grant-aid to the missionaries to the tune of tuition fees payable by the pupils in public-government-owned schools,” he requested.

In his speech, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, described religion as a tool to promote peace and sustain religious tolerance.

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Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh

Most Reverend Okoh said with a Christian faith building a school in honour of a Muslim statesman, Nigeria would soon get out of religious crisis.

He described Mr Akande as a Muslim by practice, but a Christian in mind, going by his contributions to the Christianity without any iota of discrimination.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who commissioned the schools, stated that it was not a surprise that a strong Christian Church, Anglican Communion, honoured Akande, a Muslim, with a block of 10 classrooms.

He said the Yoruba race is known for religious tolerance from time immemorial.

Governor Aregbesola noted that the advent of formal education in Nigeria was traceable to the Muslim and Christian missionaries, saying that education has been part and parcel of faith.

The Governor urged parents to live up to their responsibility of supporting their children with moral and adequate training needed to make the education functional and impactful.

Chief Ernest Shonekan Celebrates 80th Birthday

Ernest ShonekanThe story of Chief Ernest Shonekan’s life is one centered on merit, humility and service to humanity, and that was re-echoed when the British-trained lawyer, industrialist, Baba Isale of Egbaland and former Interim President of Nigeria turned 80.

The celebrant, who takes his Christian faith seriously together with his dear wife Margret and their lovely children, began the special birthday event with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina in Lagos

The occasion saw several important guests honouring Chief Shonekan in a service officiated by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh.

The special guests include former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and wife Victoria; former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme and wife Helen; Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and wife Olufunso, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Idiat Adegbule.

Others are former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma and wife Senator Daisy; Chairman of FCMB, Otunba Shubomi Balogun and wife Adebutu; and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo amongst others

Indeed, it was a special day as they joined him on the altar for thanksgiving and then sang a special birthday song for him.

Students from his Alma Mata, CMS Grammar School Lagos, also did a special presentation in his honour.

The social part of the celebration kicked off right away with veteran juju music maestro, Ebenezer Obey, dishing out some of his evergreen tunes in honour of the celebrant and to the delight of his A-list guests.

More important guests joined the party, like ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and wife Olori Wuraola; former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and former Governor of Lagos, Chief Mobolaji Johnson.

Business mogul, Chief Razaq Okoya and wife Shade; Justice George Oguntade and wife; Chairman of Doyin Group, Mr Samuel Adedoyin; and the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also shared in the fun.

Chief Ernest Shonekan was born on the May 9, 1936 in Lagos. He is a British-trained lawyer, industrialist, and was the former Chief Executive of the United African Company of Nigeria Plc (UAC), before he was appointed as Interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on August 26, 1993.

Chief Shonekan’s transitional administration only lasted three months before General Sani Abacha took over on November 17, 1993.

Anglican Primate Urges NLC To Shelve Minimum Wage Demand 

Minimum WageThe Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has advised the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress to shelve their demand for 56,000 Naira as a new minimum wage saying salary increase has not really helped the situation of the average Nigerian worker.

Addressing a congregation of Anglicans in Abuja, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh said that the agitation for salary increase can only be done when there is an improvement in the nation’s economy.

He also advised the federal government to urgently address the issue of armed Fulani herdsmen causing havoc in some parts of the country.

He added that it will not augur well for the country if various communities are allowed to resort to self-help.

Buhari Eulogises Olubadan As Body Is Interred

OlubadanDignitaries from all walks of life on Friday paid their last respect to the departed monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, as his remains was committed to mother earth.

Leading Dignitaries at the funeral service which was held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral Aremo Ibadan, was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.

In the message delivered by Prof. Osinbajo, the President said that the departed monarch exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informs the progress made in Oyo state.

The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive and to leave a good legacy after death.

He said, “The whole of Nigeria is proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.”

Eminent personalities from all walks of live joined the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bid the foremost king final farewell.

Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Mr Akinwumi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.

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In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi paid glowing tribute to what he called the exemplary attributes of the late traditional ruler saying he left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Ibadan North, Church of Nigeria – Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.

The priest challenged all and sundry to be cognizant of the need to live a life that would guarantee them good names and legacies after their death.

Cleric Asks Nigerians To Restore Value And Integrity In 2016

Nicholas-Okoh New Year advice to Nigerians The Anglican Primate, Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has called on Nigerians to embrace integrity, restore values and shun corruption in the New Year.



According to him, a nation that seeks God’s blessings cannot continue to dwell in corruption and other vices and expect to receive the blessings.

At a New Year service in Abuja on Friday, The primate urged citizens to make integrity a watchword for 2016.

“One thing that we can get from God is integrity. Let us rebuild our integrity as a people. Let us restore value to our society. When it is restored, we will behave better. You will not do things that are unimaginable in order to get money.

“When we restore values, the common good of the society will be paramount in our mind,” he said.

It is the first sermon for the year in the Cathedral and understandably, the hall is full with worshipers who want to start the year on a religious note.

It is a common thing for most Christians around the globe to mark the beginning of every year in churches, praying and hoping for a better year ahead of them.

Another Priest supervising the Anglican Church in Maitama, Benjamin Idume, urged Nigerians to contribute positively to the progress of the nation.

“God; in Him our problems will come to an end. Everyone is called upon to contribute positively to the progress of this country.

“Wherever God has put you, as a politician, civil servant, teacher and in different families, everyone is called upon to make sure that he or she brings positive contribution for the progress of this country,” he stressed.

For the former Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Amal Pepple, Nigerians should have faith in the current administration.

“We should have faith in the new government that God has given to us.

“They are preaching a message of change and let us believe that in the new year there will be change in our economy, family lives and in our relationships with one another,” the former Minister stated.

Anglican Bishop Asks Politicians To Shun Desperation

Anglican Bishop Asks Politicians To Shun DesperationThe Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese of Anambra State, Bishop Ephraim Ikeafor, has advised politicians to avoid acts of desperation that trigger political violence.

The clergy’s appeal is in line with measures to stem the rising cases of violence in Nigeria’s polity.

Bishop Ikeafor made the call in his speech at a special thanksgiving service of the Diocese of Abuja, Anglican Communion.

He said that he believes Nigeria can be a better place if the citizens imbibe the culture of doing the right thing at all times.

The Bishop also advised the youths to refrain from being used as political thugs by selfish politicians who are only interested in politics because of what they stand to gain.