By Lucy Ogalue, Abuja.
The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, His Grace Henry Ndukuba, has called on men to perform their role courageously as heads of families to overcome current challenges.
Ndukuba, who made the call during the First Supra-North Executive Convention in Abuja on Monday, also called for sustained prayers for the nation.
The theme of the convention is “Be Strong and Courageous”.
Quoting Joshua 1: 1-9, Ndukuba said that only men who were courageous and those who had trust in God would be able to perform their fatherly roles in this challenging time.
“The times we are leaving in, which God has called you and me to be fathers, men and leaders, is a very challenging time.
“Everything we hold so dearly, culturally and traditionally are eroded.
“Every sector of our nation — education, finance, the ports and security — is affected.
“So, we need to pray for the incoming administration, as it may not be easy,” he said.
Ndukuba prayed that God should steer the hearts of the men at the conference to recover their sense of calling, so as to know God, love and serve Him, as well as cherish His word.
Prof. Jerry Gana, a former Minister and Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos, urged Nigerians to build united families, so as to be more powerful, productive and have the strength to face every aspect of life.
“In times like this, our unity has become very necessary and vital. But how do we generate and sustain unity? How do we build up strength and vitality?
“We must all be in Christ Jesus as our personal saviour and Lord; be filled with the Holy Spirit, be thoroughly transformed and let the word of Christ dwell in us.
“We must cultivate integrity, pray without ceasing and be an effective witness and allow brotherly love to continue in our lives, as love is a powerful force in building trust and unity in fellowship,” Gana said.
The Chaplain, Men’s Fellowship, Province of Abuja, Rt. Rev. Godwin Adeyi, in his goodwill message, reiterated the need for the participants to live courageously for the Kingdom of God in all matters of life.
The event was attended by representatives of the Anglican Men’s Fellowship from the 19 states in North Nigeria.