The Primate of The African Church, His Eminence Julius Olayinka Osayande Abbe has called on Nigerians not to despair but be more fervent in prayers to secure the unity of the nation.
The cleric made this call at a recent Primatial Visit to The African Church Lagos West Missionary Diocese Lagos Province, Bethel Cathedral Ikorodu, Lagos.
“As we celebrate our one year on the throne, I want the people of God to be more devoted to God, love one another and to continue to pray for this country because we have no other country that we can call our own.
“So let’s continue to do the needful that would keep us together as one people and for us to seek the welfare and wellbeing of one another in this country.
The Primate spoke on the fragile nature of the country’s unity, and faulted the leaders of the country for lacking selfless quality, which he said their status demanded.
“Peace and unity are very important for any nation to survive. The situation in our country as at today is that the peace and unity of the nation is highly threatened.
“This situation stems from the type of leadership that we have and their understanding of what a nation is, what the nation stands for and how to build a nation.
“When you have leaders who cannot be trusted, who think they do anything without following due process, who do not have the interest of the citizens at heart, who only profess to have it but do not. You can’t have anything short of what you have in the nation at the moment that is what is really troubling us.
“So the leadership of this country has in many ways failed the citizenry and we have entrusted them with our votes.
“We entrusted them with power to lead us, to help us organize our nation in such a way that it would benefit us but unfortunately most of them are more interested in their own wellbeing and welfare than that of the citizens that they ought to take care of.
“Look at the plight of Nigerians, they are hard working people, and they are intelligent. Nigeria is endowed with so many resources but where do we find ourselves? Its like we are no where to be found.
“It is because we don’t have leaders who should have been able to help us manage the resources of this country effectively,” he said.
He tasked the church to continue in fervent prayers for the country’s unity while urging the federal government to allow more devolution of powers amidst the cadres of government, this he said will reduce the tension in the land.
“As a church we will continue to pray for the leadership of this country and we also pray for God’s guidance because a lot of counsels and suggestions have been made so that we can manage this nation more effectively.
“So in a way it’s like people are agitated, they want devolution of power, power is concentrated in an area more than in the other and this need be distributed all over,” he said.
Primate Osayande Abbe, who noted that the visit ought to have been made three weeks ago, added that the conduct of Diocesan Bishop, Right Reverend Hezekiah Adetoro endeared him more to visit more often, saying that he has been leading by example and also possessed a humble spirit with selfless conduct that is worthy of emulation.
The Bishop of the Missionary Diocese, Reverend Adetoro in a chat with newsmen said that the visit was special in that it commemorated the Primate’s first year in office, and urged members to team up for the furtherance of the gospel of Christ Jesus.
“Let us live in peace and make sure that we propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“When we came on board, we met nothing on ground. Our intention is to have a mission’s court and secondly create more archdeaconries and hopefully by nextJanuary or February, become a full fledged Diocese, having removed the word; “missionary” out of our Diocese.
“We also want to plant more churches because presently we have few churches under this Diocese, which is one of the prerequisites to become a full fledged Diocese,” he said.
Also speaking, Odofin Adebola Obayan, the Diocese Vice Lay President stressed the thirst of the Church to widen its scope and get elevated to a full fledged Diocese by next ye
“The Primate’s visit is Episcopal. It means the General Superintendent of the Church is around to check on us and know how well we are faring. It is the first of it’s kind since his ascension as the Primate. We use this to publicise the church more that we still exist as a united vineyard of God.
“Our own is a missionary Diocese and we are out to expand the scope of the Church to a full fledge Diocese. By the African Church constitution to become a Diocese, you must have at least three archdeaconries and as at now we have two.
“So we have that as our target between now and the end of the year to be able to grow our strength to that level to have two additional archdeaconries to make them four,” Odofin Obayan said.
How Lagos Police Rescued Abducted Five-Month-Old Baby
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has narrated how the command rescued a five-month-old baby, Chimuanya Okafor, said to have been forcefully taken away from his mother, Onyechukwu Okafor.
He added that upon report of the missing case to the Police at Satellite Division on March 19, operatives of the division swung into action and commenced a thorough investigation into the incident.
Odomosu stated that through intelligence gathering, the command was able to locate the whereabouts of the child and that the toddler was taken away by one Chinyere Okechukwu.
The police boss, who narrated the incident while briefing newsmen on the achievements and breakthroughs of the command on Monday, said that it was gathered through investigation that Okechukwu, who resides in Surulere, sold the child for N900,000 to one Happiness Ibebuilo that resides in Iyana Oba Lagos.
Odumosu said that the police swung into the action and moved to the house of one Ibebuilo where the stolen child was recovered.
Odumosu, however, added that the suspects were eventually arrested by the police and that the case has been transferred to the gender unit of CID, Panti.