Osinbajo, Onaiyekan, others hail African Church reunification
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has hailed The African Church for resolving the crisis that polarised the church and also for its 120th anniversary.
Osinbajo spoke at a unification service attended by leaders of the church, among who were the Primate of The African Church, Emmanuel Udofia and the Lay President, Babatunde Odufuwa.
The Vice President, represented by Chairman of the Nigerian Pilgrims Commission and Senior Pastor, Foundation of Truth Assembly, Yomi Kasali, identified unity, peace and harmony as key to promoting growth in the church and the nation, at large.
He said Nigerians, regardless of their diversity, must embrace peaceful co-existence. On the anniversary, Osinbajo commended The African Church leaders, saying: “I commend and congratulate the leadership of The African Church for this landmark feat. As the church celebrates its 120 years in existence, it is imperative to note that unity, peace and harmony is key to growth and development of the body of Christ.
“Today, our nation will learn lesson of unity and peaceful co-existence from The African Church.” Onaiyekan, in his sermon, extolled The African Church for ending the internal crisis and celebrating peace and love.
He said: “Unity, reconciliation and peace are the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire the body of Christ. Churches must collaborate towards promoting unity, peace and reconciliation for growth in the body of Christ.”
Also, the President, Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Rev. Fubara Benebo, urged churches to wake up in pursuit of justice and righteousness, adding: “It takes God’s people to move the church forward on the path of peace.”
Similarly, the Lay President, Odufuwa, expressed delight. He said: “There is strength in unity and we can achieve more united. Disagreement can come up, yes, we disagree to agree but all should be committed to promotion of the body of Christ. I am happy for the unification of The African Church today.”