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Ndukuba tasks Christians on faithful service to God, humanity

By Princewill Ireoba
04 December 2022   |   4:43 am
Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba has tasked Christians to continue to render faithful service to God and humanity.

Celebrant, Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop of Kaduna Province and Bishop of Wusasa Diocese, Most Rev. (Prof) Buba Lamido (second left); and his wife, Mary cutting the anniversary cake being assisted by the Primate, His Grace, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba and wife, Angela at the event in Zaria

• CON Celebrates Lamido’s Silver Jubilee As Bishop

Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba has tasked Christians to continue to render faithful service to God and humanity. The primate said this, while celebrating the silver jubilee of the Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop of Kaduna Province and Bishop of Wusasa Diocese, Most Rev. (Prof) Buba Lamido who marked 25 years recently as the Bishop of Wusasa Diocese.

Ndukuba who thanked God for the life and ministry of the Dean, noted that the celebration was not only for the Bishop, but also for the entire people of the Diocese whom God has protected and sustained in these 25 years and prayed to God to continually be with them, despite what they are passing through in the hands of insurgents.

The Thanksgiving Service, which held at the St Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Wusasa, Zaria, featured the launch of a book titled, “No Easy Road To Priesthood – Authorised Biography Of The Most Rev. Ali Buba Lamido.” Other highlights were presentation of awards and special thanksgiving service, cutting of anniversary cake by the celebrant and wife, assisted by the Primate and wife and other bishops.

Speaking about the book and the life of Archbishop Lamido, Ndukuba, said: “From a little beginning at Banjiram at the bank of the Gongola River, divine Providence took him to Vom where he was converted to Christianity at the age of 14. In his own testimony, ‘This was in 1971… That was the night I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I abandoned the Qur’anic School. I concentrated on the primary school and was taken to Church by my aunt.’

“In this nine-chapter book, the outworking of God’s divine providence and vivid immanence is captured for posterity. His pastoral passion, Christian value, missions’ heritage and family life were clearly and passionately expressed. As a prince, in his own right, he forfeited the pursuit of royal privileges to become a royal priest and an esteemed Church father.

“The journey to priesthood and episcopacy was not without his paying a huge price. Archbishop Lamido was nurtured in learning and character through rigorous pastoral and academic scholarship in Nigeria and the United States of America.”

The Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria and Diocesan Bishop of Ilesa, Rt. Rev. (Prof) Dapo Asaju, who was also the former Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, reviewed the book, which was launched on November 12, 2022, at the T.Y Danjuma Hall of St Bartholomew’s School, Wusasa.

Archbishop Lamido said he commissioned the writing of his biography for a number of reasons, which included putting on record those to whom he owes gratitude, telling his own story of his conversion from Islam to Christianity and his path to priesthood, responding to some malicious allegations and ferocious attacks on his person and ministry and as well telling the story of how the Lord has been with him this far.

Those who graced the event included Archbishops, Bishops; the clergy; wife of the Primate, Mrs Angela Eberechukwu Ndukuba; Registrar of the Church of Nigeria, Dr. Abraham Yisa; General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Ven. Paul Dajur and other dignitaries.

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