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.

National Peace Committee, Buhari Discuss Nigeria’s Peace

Muhammadu-BuhariThe National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections, headed by former Head of State General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, talks were focused on how to sustain the peace that Nigeria had got after the general election.

The committee had brokered the signing of the peace accords between President Buhari and his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the March 28 presidential poll.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, the catholic Bishop of Sokoto State, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said the peace committee had a role to still nurture the peace which Nigeria had got following the general elections.

The meeting is coming barely three days after former President Jonathan, had paid a secret visit to President Buhari at the residence.

Present at the meeting were General Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Also in attendance were Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs Priscilla Kuye and Senator Ben Obi.


Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Jonathan To Pray

President Jonathan with Welby, OkohPresident Goodluck Jonathan has held a meeting with the head of the Anglican Communion and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the Presidential Villa.

Archbishop Welby came into the Villa in the company of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Nicholas Oko, the secretary of the Christian Pilgrims Board, Mr John Kennedy Opara.

After the meeting, the Anglican Archbishop told reporters that he came to hold a prayer session with the president over recent events in the country, especially the bombings in Jos and terror attacks in other north eastern States.

He said that he was very familiar with Jos and Nigeria in general and condemned the abduction of the Chibok girls.

He expressed hopes that like what happened in the biblical era, Nigeria would pull through the trying times.