Primate Ndukuba Visits Oleh
The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Rev Henry Ndukuba and wife, Mrs. Angela Ndukuba, attended the third Session of the 7th Synod of the Diocese of Oleh and also dedicated an ultra-modern church building of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oyede, singlehandedly built by Hon and Mrs Eta Enahoro on Sunday, December 20, 2020. He was assisted by the Archbishop of Bendel Ecclesiastical Province, the Most Rev Cyril O. Odutemu, the Bishop of the Diocese of Oleh, Rt. Rev John U. Aruakpor and a host of other Bishops and Clergymen.
The Primate felicitated with the faithful of the Diocese of Oleh for a successful Synod session that culminated in the dedication of the new church. He commended the Diocesan Bishop and wife, the Rt. Rev John U and Mrs Peace U. Aruakpor for their tenacity, passion and spiritual drive in ministry. He also thanked the Archbishop and wife, the Most Rev Cyril O. and Mrs Ufuoma Odutemu for their wonderful support.
Mention was also made of the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi A. Okowa; the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese; the council of Knights; the Chancellor and Registrar; and traditional leaders who graced the service. Thereafter, he applauded the donor of the Church, Hon & Mrs Eta Enahoro for the huge sacrifice they have made by bearing the burden of many.
Speaking on the theme: “Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness — Matthew 5:6, he said: “It was apt and very relevant to the times we are in. He said with what is happening, today, Nigeria is functioning like a failed state but that God will intervene. If as a people, Nigerians would set eyes upon God, He will show himself strong and mighty.
He said; “One of the challenges we face in this generation is that we have knowledge, but not the passion. We live at a time when men call evil, good; a time when people prefer darkness to light and talking about wrong things, as if they are right.”
He admonished all to hunger and thirst for righteousness to remain in God’s Will.
In his homily, he espoused the topic “Beyond Giving.” He took his text from 1 Chronicles 29:1-5, 18. He asserted that sacrifice is at the heart of worship and service, while giving is an act of worship, whereby we acknowledge the goodness of God. It involves demonstration of love and sacrifice to God. Referring to 2 Corinthians 8:5, he asked the congregation to give themselves first to God before giving beyond their limits. He counselled that people’s hands should be clean and their hearts pure, and that even if it hurts, they should fulfil promises. Reading from Psalm 24:1-2, he posited that when people recognise that all that they own belong to God and depend on Him, then there is nothing they cannot give for this God.