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Insecurity in Nigeria have become proverbial — Rev. Okoh


Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has decried the spate of insecurity in the country.

Okoh urged all tiers of government to rise up to the task to combat the menace.

He made the call at the 10th year consecration anniversary and 50 years birthday celebration of Right Reverend Humphrey Olumakaiye, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.

He said that lack of jobs had made people to be desperate to indulge in criminal activities, which worsened security challenges in the country.

“Government at all levels should do the needful in beefing up security across the country as it will enhance development.

“Insecurity on our roads, in farms and communities have become proverbial.

“We should pray for the governors to guide the people that elected them into office. Nigerians have become so desperate in doing things that are evil,” he said.

Okoh, who described Olumakaiye as true man of God, said he made a remarkable achievement in Ilesha Diocese within two years.

“He transformed the parish in Ilesha, he settled a long-time dispute between two communities. It is very difficult for the children of clerics to become clerics, your parents trained you well, the positive testimony of your parents robbed off on you,” he said.

According to Okoh, the call to the office of the bishop is a call within the call of God. The first call is the call to priesthood. The ordained ministry or the call of God.

“God called some servants to attain some special needs. The call of God is never a selfish one, it’s not for the sake of the one called because he is a messenger, therefore, he has to be obedient.

“God does not call one to be rich, it’s a by-product, it’s against this background that we say Olumakaiye is fulfilling his commitment to God,” he said.

Okoh also urged those who had been charged within management of things to bear good fruits.

“You are not only to serve, you are to go the extra-mile, it is important to be good, struggle to excel by praying, fasting and being concerned to the people you are in charge of.

“Fifty years is remarkable, it means you are not a boy or an old man but in between. We give thanks to God for notable achievements recorded. Fifty years to you is a long time. There are people who have no jobs at 50.

Olumakaiye, who appreciated the guest for great honour done to him, said at 50, he would try to do more for the propagation of God’s work.

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