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Anglican primate flays Aregbesola’s taxing of Christian marriage

By Isaac Taiwo
11 December 2019   |   3:00 am
Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Revd. Nicholas Okoh has joined the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)

Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Revd. Nicholas Okoh has joined the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to condemn the Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola’s taxing of Christian marriages.

Okoh made the point yesterday during the Centenary Anniversary and Eucharist Thanksgiving Service of the Diocese of Lagos at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.

The cleric wondered why the minister focused on Christian marriage alone, adding that other religious sects also marry.

“My belief, which I also think is the wish of many well-wishers, is that people who go into marriage should be encouraged and not be burdened because they are going into a new life,” he said.

Remarking that Christians remain undivided, as the stand of CAN and PFN on the issue remains sacrosanct, he called on the minister to retrace his steps and continue in the part of peace.

Commenting on the burning issue of Omoyele Sowore, the Bishop of Lagos and Missioner, Anglican Communion, Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to listen more to the people.

Olumakaiye called on leaders in every sector in Nigeria to have the interest of masses at heart and make life more interesting for them.

“Leaders should be interested in the masses and not just themselves, as they are called to serve and should always remember that a day is coming when they will stand before God to give an account of their stewardship,” he said.

Centenary Grand Patron, Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.), had during the award and gala night and fundraising for the Centenary City on Monday, commended Olumakaiye for his wisdom in uniting the diocese and moving it forward.

The former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, one of the awardees, who was commended for returning schools to missions during his tenure as governor, said he did that because he knew that education remained a great weapon against poverty and that the government could not do it alone.

Olumakaiye asked governors of other states of Nigeria to emulate Tinubu by returning all mission schools to the owners.