Church in Nigeria consecrates new bishops and introduces Olaoye – Sunday Magazine – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) consecrated three new bishops and presented Bishop Abiodun Taiwo Olaoye as Archbishop of Ibadan Province.
Those consecrated as Bishops at a special Consecration and Presentation Service held at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp Abuja, and presided over by the Primate, Bishop Henry Ndukuba, were Rt. Fr. Benjamin Enwuchola, who becomes bishop of the diocese of Oturkpo; Rt. Rev. Prince Christian C. Anyim, Bishop, Diocese of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi and Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Isaac Adeyemi Adeniji, Bishop, Diocese of Ilaje. Bishop Ben Enwuchola was the Protocol Officer of the Church of Nigeria and Director of St. Matthias House, Secretariat of the Church of Nigeria, Abuja.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Kebbi, Bishop Edmund Akanya congratulated the newly consecrated and described them as generals of God added to the army, as they are called to the high office of bishop.
Speaking on the theme “Faithfulness in Service,” Akanya emphasized that being faithful and distinguished in ministry requires paying special attention to oneself and to the flock of Christ.
The Archbishop said, “Often for us who are called to ministry, the desire is always to serve the Lord. But I want you to know this morning that God is not so much interested in your service as in your person. Many have made service the in-thing. If it’s not right with you, it won’t be right with your service. If it’s not right in your vertical relationship, the horizontal will fail. You may look good, but if you don’t walk with God, you’re back to trash.
He urged them not to let the changing color of their robes replace their person for it would be their bane and downfall. Quoting Martha, in Luke 10:8-14, who was busy with things that did not matter, Akanya advised them to know what is important and to be diligent in seeking God to know Him, for, in the end, they will be judged by what they have done with the Lord, not what they have done with the diocese.
He said they should be self-aware as people would no longer be willing to warn them but instead they will continue to call you ‘my lord bishop’ as you have become ‘my charge bishop’ .
The Archbishop reminded the new bishops to take care of the flock, to avoid materialism, to be close to the people to know them and be able to report on them.
Speaking to reporters after the service, Ndukuba encouraged the newly consecrated bishops to stand firm in their faith and expressed his trust in God that they will lead the people in the fear of God with knowledge and understanding.
He said: “We encourage all of them to stay true to their faith and to the word of God and to continually nourish themselves and the people of God with the truth of the word of God and the sacraments of our new covenant in Jesus Christ. We trust God that as mature leaders they will lead the people in the fear of God and with knowledge and understanding.
In attendance were the Dean of the Church of Nigeria, Bishop Ali Buba Lamido; the Primate’s wife, Mrs. Angela Ndukuba; Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Nigeria and their spouses, including former Archbishop Friday Imaekhai of Bendel Province; Bishop Oluranti Odubogun, former Bishop of Ife and Bishop David K. Bello, former Bishop of Otukpo; CON Chancellor. Hon. Odein Ajumogobia; clerk, lawyer Abraham Yisa; Abuja Registrar, Ms. Kehinde Ajoni; and his assistant, Betty Umegbulem.
Others included chancellors and registrars from other dioceses; Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; Senator General Tunde Ogbeha; Rt. Hon. Austin Okpara and Senator Nwakpa.