MESSAGE OF THE MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA, MOST REV. NZIE NSI EKE
TO NIGERIANS ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS MARKING NIGERIA’S 56TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY
Dearly Beloved Nigerians, October
HAVE FAITH, NIGERIA WILL RISE AGAIN!
It is my great pleasure and privilege to bring you
felicitations on behalf of myself, the General Assembly and the entire
membership of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria on the auspicious occasion of celebrations
marking the 26th independence of our great country, Nigeria. As we
celebrate, albeit in a sober reflection of the economic hardship occasioned by
the global recession which our dear country is passing through at this moment,
it is my prayer that God, in His infinite mercy, will see us through.
As we mark the 56th independence of our
beloved country, I wish to urge Nigerians to have faith in God and in the
Nigeria project for I fervently believe that God knows and understands our
predicament and He, our ever faithful Father, will make Nigeria rise
again. I have therefore, deliberately
decided to address us on the topic: Have Faith, Nigeria Will Rise Again!
The Bible book of Nehemiah narrates the story of the
re-building of the walls of Jerusalem which had remained in disrepair. Nehemiah
had the burden to repair the walls. He did not complain and he refused to be
weighed down by the enormity of the task.
He did two things. He approached
the task ahead with the instruments of prayer and positive action. In the end,
God gave him success.
Similarly, I know that the walls of Nigeria as a
nation are in disrepair. The economy, as
I have noted, is in recession. Nigeria
has relied on the oil industry for almost all our life as a nation and the
industry is suffering distress. Other
key areas of the economy such as agriculture had been neglected and it has
dawned on us that our failure to diversify the economy all this while has been
our undoing. Industries are collapsing and thousands of people have lost their
jobs. Many who are still working are not being paid their salaries as and when
due. Salary arrears have piled up. Pensioners are gnashing their teeth as they
are left in long queues in the hot sun for long without their pension benefits.
Prices are skyrocketing and there is hunger in the land.
I appreciate the acknowledgment of the Government
that these really are hard times. I
therefore call on the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the
voice of well-meaning Nigerians who are calling on him to assemble a crack team
of economic technocrats to help steer the nation out of this recession and back
to glory days. Like Nehemiah, Nigerians, both those in the government and the
governed, should take up the instruments of prayer and pro-active action. We
have a Father who understands and answers prayers. When Nehemiah prayed in
faith, God answered him and directed him on what to do. With our prayers and
positive action, God will remain faithful to us and re-build our broken walls.
I also wish to put on record, my appreciation of the
President’s concern and resolve to tackle the socio-political problems of this
country, some of which have given rise to the clamour for restructuring. In this regard, I acknowledge and support the
President’s on-going war against corruption and national re-orientation towards
ethical re-armament and the diversification of the economy. These are noble
steps towards restoring national security and the socio-economic transformation
of the nation. I want to enjoin the President, in his fight against insurgency,
to equally turn his attention to the need to rein in the Fulani herdsmen and
stop their bloody killings. The fight
against corruption deserves every support and encouragement in view of the
devastating effects the malaise has on the life of the nation. I agree with
many Nigerians that the fight should not be selective.
I want to salute the courage and resilience of
Nigerians who have maintained their decorum and civility in the face of the
economic hardship, the peace and security challenges faced by many in the name
of religion which include the mayhem being unleashed by the Fulani herdsmen and
the reported “blasphemy killings” in parts of the country as well as the
sufferings by the masses as a result of the collapse of socio-economic
infrastructures such as healthcare, schools, electricity, roads, etc. I want to
encourage you to remain calm and continue to look up to God, the author and
perfecter of our faith. God is aware of the situations we are passing through
and as we call upon His name in faith, and keep our hands on deck to turn
things around, God will restore our fortunes as a nation. Amen.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in God’s service,
Sgd: Most Rev. Nzie N. Eke
Moderator of the General Assembly
The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria.
PCN News Bulletin Vol 68.
1st October, 2016
The new Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church
of Nigeria, The Rev. Solomon Okoro, has assumed office at the G. A. Office,
Aba, following his election at the 22nd General Assembly held in
Lagos from 12th – 19th August, 2016.
to the family of Late Hon. Rev. Dr. Moses D. Okoro and Elder Evangelist
Victoria M. Okoro of Atani Arochukwu in Abia State, Rev. Okoro, has come with a
wealth of experience in parish ministry and church administration.
on 4th July, 1994 and ordained a Minister
of the Word and Sacraments on 13th of August, 1995, the Deputy Clerk has served
as Minister in-charge of .the parishes of Gembu, Maiduguri, Isiugwu, FESTAC,
Makurdi and St. Peter’s, Ugep.
2008 – 2010, he held the position of Clerk, Synod of the West. Other such administrative positions include
Moderator, Jos Presbytery (2010 – 2014); Clerk, Ohafia South Presbytery (2005 –
2007); Chairman, Committee on Church and Culture of East Synod (2006 – 2007)
and Convener/Chairman, Benue Mission Partners Committee (2012 till August,
Okoro attended Trinity (Union) Theological College, Umuahia; Theological
College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN) and Benue State University, Makurdi. He holds the M. A and BD/BA degrees in
Religion, Diploma in Theology and Diploma in Religious Studies.
is married to Mrs. Ijeoma S. Okoro and they are blessed with four children.
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RESERVED DATES FOR OCTOBER 2016
October 1 Nigerian Independence Day
Wide Communion Sunday
October 9 Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods
October 16 World Food Day
October 14-16 MCA CWC Meeting
October 14 Medical Board
October 16 Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods
October 21-22 PCS&D
October 23 Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods
October 24-30 CGIT Emphasis Week
October 30 CGIT Emphasis Sunday
October 31 Reformation Day
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