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Odedeji urges government to tackle kidnapping, banditry


Dean, Bishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church, Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Adegoke Agara (left); member of the Board, Dr. Olawale Cole; Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) James Olusola Odedeji and father of the Diocese, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye during the briefing to announce the 20th anniversary of the Diocese in Lagos.

As Diocese Marks 20th Anniversary

Not happy that kidnapping has become a big business for some unscrupulous Nigerians, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji has called on governments at all levels to make life comfortable for the average Nigerian.

Calling on the political class, especially those in the corridors of power to correct the imbalance, Odedeji said: “Whenever a poor man cannot eat, a rich man will not be able to sleep. I think that is the summary of what is happening in this nation. We were told in the primary/secondary school days that a hungry man is an angry man and that an angry man is a madman. When I travelled to the East and saw some of the apprehended kidnappers, they looked like lunatics and you could see poverty written all over them. And that is why they can afford to kill a whole king and reverend fathers.

“These are people of low substance, who do not attach value to life. But if our leaders can make this country comfortable for its citizens, some of these issues will be over. No doubt, it has become a lucrative business…”

Odedeji, who spoke at a briefing in Lagos to announce the 20th anniversary of the Diocese of Lagos West, said all hope was not lost. He called on Christians to intercede for the nation, saying, “we can only pray, but the sole responsibility of getting things done lies with our leaders, as they have adequate resources to salvage this country from being taken over by kidnappers and other bandits.”

The cleric disclosed that Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh would preach on the anniversary thanksgiving service slated for November 20, 2019, which is the grand finale of the event.

Others expected to grace the event include Archbishops, Bishops and friends of the Diocese. The 20th anniversary community hymn singing will hold simultaneously in all the churches across the diocese on October 20. And on October 25, the 20th anniversary vigil will hold at all Archdeaconry headquarters within the diocese.

A special triumphant convocation featuring ministration of the word, music ministration, prayers for the diocese, Church of Nigeria and the country, as well as deliverance sessions will hold between October 29 and 31.

And on November 1, 2019, a 12-hour praise night will bring all ministers of God together, including the laity and will be led by the Bishop of Jalingo. Prominent gospel artistes and choirs from various archdeaconries have also been invited to grace the event.

Another major highlight is a gala night/awards ceremony on November 10, and on the same day, the second edition of the diocese’s compendium of activities/achievements since 2009 will be launched.


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