‘The church must go back to preaching the gospel truth’

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Tunde Henry-Temile, the senior pastor of Barnabas Generation, a Port Harcourt based ministry. In this interview with SEYI JOHN SALAU, Pastor Henry-Temile spoke on the dynamics of Rivers State politics; the possible cause of violence, remedial actions that can be adopted and adapted by all stakeholders in the state. Excerpts:   


Violence appears to be a reoccurring pointer to Rivers State internal politics; why is it so?

This whole thing started before Peter Odili came into power in 1999. Before 1999, Rivers people were loving people but after the 1999 experience and Peter Odili way of management; fund distribution, the people went wild. Governor Amaechi came into power trying to bring modern, civilised pattern of governance to Rivers State. But we noticed that even the indigenes of Rivers State are used to free money. Amaechi brought some technocrats to run the state with him– so those that were used to making free money were not really getting it; so they fought him. The man stood his ground and the results are there speaking; these are my views anyway. Wike came in with the powers that be then, however, the cult boys that were chased out of the state during the eight years of Amaechi, began to regroup. Politicians have so much bought weapons in the state and to control it is difficult, even for the state. Now, it is a fight for pride between the present governor, Wike and former governor, Amaechi – that is how I see it: it is a war of pride between their thugs. Now, the rate of cultism among the youth is a factor between secondary school students, community boys, community leaders, youth leaders; you see them, almost all of them fighting themselves, and these are the cult guys … Read More...

All glory must be to God – Odedeji, Johnson, Kolawole

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The Bishop of Lagos West Diocese, Church of Nigerian, Anglican Communion, the Rt. Rev. James Olusola Odedeji, has said that the 40th anniversary of All Saints’ Parish Church calls for a joyful noise to the Lord, just like the expression of the Psalmist. “As your bishop therefore, we are so much delighted to be part of this epoch making event,” he said in a goodwill message to the parishioners of the church.

All Saints’ Anglican Church Ikosi, Ketu, Lagos started to exist on 11 March, 1979. It turned 40 on March 11, 2019 although officially celebrated last week, Sunday, April 28. The shift of the celebration, according to the anniversary committee, was to allow for the passage of the season of lent into which the anniversary had fallen.

According to Odedeji, history has it that the idea of establishing an Anglican Church around Ikosi-Ketu, was born out of the need to save the newly relocated members of the Anglican Church to Ikosi area the stress of having to travel a long distance to worship on Sundays.

As at the time All Saints’ Parish Church was established, the nearest Churches to the people of Ikosi-Ketu were at Lagos Island, Ikeja, Ebute-Metta, Yaba, Surulere, Mushin and Agege. However, the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan express road attracted relocation to Ikosi-Ketu axis then.

“The idea that was muted like a mustard seed by thirteen members, who pulled their resources together to build a temporary structure, far back in April 1978, has today become a giant oak tree, to the glory of God. Our parish has today doubled as an Archdeaconry seat,” Odedeji said.

Speaking with BDSUNDAY, Ariire Ayo Kolawole, the Vicar/Archdeacon of All Saints Parish Church, Ikosi-Ketu, said the 40th anniversary celebration is very significant and symbolic to the life of … Read More...