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Anglican Communion consecrates 3 bishops, presents new archbishop

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has consecrated Venerable Benjamin Ameh Enwuchola; Reverend Canon Prince Christian Anyim; and Very Reverend Isaac Adeniji as Bishops. The…

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has consecrated Venerable Benjamin Ameh Enwuchola; Reverend Canon Prince Christian Anyim; and Very Reverend Isaac Adeniji as Bishops.

The trio were bishop-elects of the Diocese of Otukpo, Benue State; Isuikwuato-Umunneochi, Abia State; and Ilaje, Ondo State respectively.

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The consecration which took place on Tuesday witnessed a large turnout of Anglican faithful, well-wishers and Christian faithful at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Life Camp, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria, Most Reverend Henry C. Ndukuba urged the newly consecrated Bishops to stand firm in their faith.

He expressed trust in God that the new Bishops will lead the people in the fear of God with knowledge and understanding.

“We thank God for the gift of the ministry of the church of God. The ministry of the church is for all believers, mission of the church is for all believers but God usually calls people out of the believers to be servants, leaders, teachers and people who will represent him in nurturing the people so that everybody will do effectively what God has called us to do.

“Because of that, we believe that God has raised these ministers of God called to be Bishops who we have consecrated today and we thank God for their lives. We are encouraging them to stand firm in their faith, hold onto their faith and word of God and continually nurture themselves and all God’s people with the truth of the word of God and the Sacraments of our new covenant in Christ Jesus,” Ndukuba said.

He also charged the new bishops to be merciful to all and defend those who have no helpers.

One of the newly consecrated bishops, Very Reverend Isaac Adeniji, of Ilaje Diocese, Ondo State, said that they will not disappoint God and the Church while discharging their duties.

He also pledged that they will continue to pray for Nigeria as it is preparing to conduct a general election in 2023.

He said, “All glory power and adoration be onto God for all he has done in our lives, especially counting us worthy for us to be part of this consecration service. We never dreamt of it, although it is the wish of all the priests to become a bishop, but certainly, not all priests will become a bishop, I believe it has been God all through.

“It is my prayer that the Church of God will continue to match on. I am the Bishop of Ilaje Diocese, which is in Ondo Ecclesiastical Province. It is a coastal area, God will do his work, it is God’s work, he will do his work.

“We will not disappoint God, we will not disappoint Nigeria, we will not disappoint our family, we will not disappoint our Diocese who has donated us to another Diocese.”

The event, which witnessed the formal presentation of the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical of Ibadan, Oyo State, Most Rev. Abiodun Olaoye, was also used to pray for the well-being of the nation.