God has been faithful these two years – Ndukuba
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Reverend (Dr.) Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, on March 25, 2022, clocked two years in office. In this interview with Advent Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN TV), the fifth Primate of the Church shares his thoughts on the faithfulness of God. He also used the opportunity to thank all members of the church as well.
It’s been two years since you became the Primate of the church. How has it been?
We greet all our archbishops, bishops, clergy, laity, brothers and sisters in Nigeria and across the globe. We thank God for Whom He is and what He is doing in His faithfulness and the wonderful ways in which He brought us to the leadership of the Church of Nigeria on March 25, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, with all the anxieties and challenges. We thank God that in spite of the challenges He has been there for us. It is of all that the Lord has helped us to do. It is not of ourselves, it is not of anyone or group of persons, but God who has used all around us to work out His purpose. So, looking back on these two years, we have raised the pillar and altar of Thanksgiving and testimony. The guidance of the Lord is sure. He speaks, leads and guides. How He has brought us this far I cannot tell. All I know is that it has been of the Lord’s doing.
But apart from that, I want to also thank the bishops and archbishops for their cooperation, collaboration and encouragement. We are also not forgetting the clergy of the Church of Nigeria and the laity. In fact, the saints, including those who are not Anglicans are praying for us because they are interested in what is happening in the Anglican Church. We feel the power and potency of the prayers, and the Lord is wonderful. God’s guidance through His Holy Spirit can literally speak, lead, show and guide you, and that has been our experience. Having said that, in spite of all the challenges, God has been faithful and His hand has been mighty on us, and because of this, we give Him all the honour and glory and pledge our loyalty and total submission to Him.
When you came into office you had a slogan, “A Decade Of God’s Reign And A Vision And Mission.” What prompted this and how far has it gone?
Coming to the office was not anything that we anticipated. As I waited upon the Lord, He gave us a word from Isaiah Chapter 52: 7-10, which is about declaring the reign of God. ‘How beautiful are the feet of them who proclaim, who declare unto Zion, your God reigns…’ and talking about the restoration that the Lord will bring, the proclamation of the Gospel, sending for the watchmen’ breaking of yokes and restoring the people. It is from there that the Lord gave us the message that the decade of 2020 to 2030 will be the decade of His reign. If this church belongs to God, and if this mission is about Him; if this gospel is about the gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, then there is nothing that can happen than God Himself taking His place and ruling overall. The situation in which we rise or just wake and do whatever we like, no discipline and impunity everywhere and everybody imposing himself should not be. God should be God and we should be who He has called us to be.
TO BE CONTINUED