The Bishop of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has called for a united and detribalized Nigeria, in order for the country to grow and developed to its desired height in the face of the challenges confronting it.
Okoh who made this call at the official flag-off of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the church said that the challenges affecting the nation, which is as well affecting the church is the issue of tribalism and the absence of unity.
According to the clergyman, the issue of unity in Nigeria is what the church has taken upon itself to teach the people during the anniversary celebration, adding that it wants to unite Nigerians and make the issue of tribalism less attractive.
“You will agree with me that we are in a country where we are not really united. If we are truly united, Nigeria would have made much progress. So, we want to emphasize it, we want to teach it and we want to make everybody accept it and give it as a gift to the nation and anybody who has gone through the teaching would have no difficulties in relating with anybody from any part of Nigeria.
“The church in Nigeria should look at issues like this, particularly in relation to nations building. Also, they should look at what the role of the individual members of the church is, in finding solution to the challenges we have as a country and as a church,” he said.
We are looking at how the challenges affect the church and how the challenges in the church affect the country, for us to find lasting solution to it”, he said.
“We are looking at that in the next 25 years, we expect that we make better contribution to the building of the nation, better contribution to the lives of our people, not only to increase the numbers of christians, but to deepen their faith, so that there will be no gap, between what they say and what they do. In other words, there will be moral integrity of whoever calls himself a christian,” he said.