Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our Faith In Okoh, By Anglican Priests

From Guardian Newspapers-

A NEW Primate has emerged for the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. He is the 57 year-old retired, Lt colonel, Archbishop of Bendel Province and Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Most Revd Nicholas Orogodo Okoh.

He was elected after a hitch-free voting exercise conducted by the House of Bishops at the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen's Umuahia, Abia State, last Tuesday.

Archbishop Okoh came out first after securing two-thirds majority of the total votes cast. Three other clerics contested with him.

Following his election, Okoh has become the fourth Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. He takes over from Most Revd Peter Akinola, whose tenure expires by March next year.

The Bishops engaged in secret ballot election. Immediately after the peaceful election, the Dean of Church of Nigeria, Most Revd Maxwell S. C. Anikwenwa,

issued a statement that Most Revd Nicholas Orogodo Okoh had been duly elected Primate, to succeed Most Revd Peter. J. Akinola and had been issued with a Certificate of return.

Archbishop Okoh attended the famous Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, Oyo State between 1976 and 1979. He was made deacon in 1979, preferred a Canon in 1987, collated Archdeacon in 1991 and was elected Bishop of Asaba in 2001.

On July 22, 2005, the Primate-elect was elected Archbishop of Bendel Province at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Benin. He served in the Army and fought the civil war. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2001 after his election as Bishop of Asaba.

The outgoing Primate, Peter Akinola, described the election of his successor as an act of God.

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