The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Reverend (Dr) Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba on March 25, 2022, completed two years in office. In this interview with Advent Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN TV), the fifth primate of the Church shares his thoughts on God’s faithfulness. He also took the opportunity to thank all the members of the church.
It’s been two years since you became the primate of the church. How did that happen ?
We salute all of our Archbishops, Bishops, Clergy, Laity, Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria and across the world. We thank God for who he is and what he does in his faithfulness and the wonderful ways he brought us to the leadership of the Church in Nigeria on March 25, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, with all the anxieties and challenges. We thank God that despite the challenges, he was there for us. That’s all the Lord has helped us do. It is not of ourselves, it is not of anyone or a group of people, but God who has used everything around us to achieve His purpose. So, thinking back to those two years, we raised the pillar and the altar of thanksgiving and witnessing. The guidance of the Lord is certain. He speaks, leads and guides. How He got us this far, I can’t say. All I know is that it is the doing of the Lord.
But apart from that, I also want to thank the bishops and archbishops for their cooperation, collaboration and encouragement. We also do not forget the clergy of the Church of Nigeria and the laity. In fact, saints, including those who are not Anglicans, pray for us because they are interested in what is happening in the Anglican Church. We feel the power and power of prayers, and the Lord is wonderful. The leading of God by His Holy Spirit can literally speak to you, lead you, show you and guide you, and that has been our experience. That said, despite all the challenges, God has been faithful and his hand has been mighty over us, and because of that, we give him all the honor and glory and pledge our loyalty and total submission to him.
When you took office, you had a slogan, “A Decade of God’s Reign, One Vision and One Mission.” What caused this and how far did it go?
Coming to the office was not something we had planned. As I was waiting on the Lord, He gave us a word from Isaiah Chapter 52:7-10, which talks about declaring the reign of God. ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim, who declare in Zion, that your God reigns…’ and speaking of the restoration which the Lord will bring, of the proclamation of the Gospel, of the sending of the watchmen ‘ breaking the yokes and restoring the people . It is from there that the Lord gave us the message that the decade from 2020 to 2030 will be the decade of His reign. If this church belongs to God, and if this mission is from Him; if this gospel is about the gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, then there is nothing that can happen that God Himself takes His place and reigns over all. The situation where we just get up or wake up and do what we want, no discipline and impunity everywhere and everyone imposing themselves should not be. God should be God and we should be who He called us to be.
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