Primate in Rivers as Evo Diocese hosts Church of Nigeria Standing Committee
The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, arrived at All Saints Cathedral, Rumuokwurusi, seat of the Diocese of Evo yesterday for the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria which opens to the diocese today.
The Primate, together with his wife, Angela, and some bishops arrived at the cathedral at 6:30 p.m. and were received by the Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province and Bishop of Ikwerre, Reverend Blessing Enyindah, and his wife , Precious, and the Bishop of the Diocese of Evo, Rt. Rev’d Innocent Ordu and his wife, Chinyere, among other bishops and church officials.
Upon his arrival, the Primate proceeded directly to the altar of the Cathedral where he held prayers before another prayer of thanksgiving to God by Bishop Enyindah for the safe arrival of the Primate and all delegates to the Standing Committee meeting which is the second highest decision. – decision-making body of the Church of Nigeria.
The Diocese of Evo, Anglican Communion, Rivers State, earlier announced in a statement that it was set to host the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee meeting as well as the meeting of the executive of the National Union of Mothers from today, Monday to Friday.
The statement, signed by the Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the Central Working Committee, Sir Jossy Nkwocha, quoted the host Bishop, the Right Reverend Innocent Ordu, and his wife, Chinyere, as saying that the diocesan clergy, diocesan The Board of Directors and all the diocesan faithful are delighted and ready to welcome “our dear father in God, the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace, the very Rev. Dr. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba and his loving wife, Mama Nigeria, Mrs. Angela Ndukuba at the gathering of the supreme leadership of the Anglican Church in Nigeria.
He also said that Bishop Ordu and his wife joyfully welcome the Dean, Bishop Ali Buba Lamido, all Archbishops and Bishops with their dear wives; officers of the Church of Nigeria, all other delegates and guests at this special gathering being held at the Diocese of Evo in the Niger Delta Province.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike will be the special guest of honor at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, February 23 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Rumuobiokani Deanery at 10 a.m.
The Chairman of the Central Working Committee, Sir Bright Nda-Owhor, said that all Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Nigeria’s 170 dioceses, the Anglican Communion and their spouses as well as delegates and special guests, all numbering of approximately 1,000, would honor the five-day event.
The theme of the Standing Committee meeting is: “Dual Citizenship and Christian Responsibilities” (Matthew 22:20-22).
Since the Most Rev’d Ndukuba took office as Primate in 2020, the Mothers’ Union Standing Committee Meeting and National Executive Meeting, which are held every February and September, have been hosted by the Diocese of Abuja, the Diocese of Niger (Onitsha) and the Diocese of Lagos.
The diocese of Eva, which is about 12 years old, is the youngest diocese to host the meeting.
Nkwocha said the meeting promises to be a very fruitful gathering of God’s people from across the country and beyond.