By Ita Akpan
Dean of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Ali
Lamido has lamented that the problem of Nigeria is not kidnappers or
the killings by Boko Haram ,but the problems remain is the Christians
who are not sincere to God our creator.
Lamido who is also the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna,
said this at the Thanksgiving service in honour of Most Rev. Tunde
Adeleye, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Niger Delta on
Sunday in Calabar.
The cleric stated that Christians no longer carried out the work of
God the way it should be done and that had affected our society
“The problem is in us not doing the work as we should even though
Nigeria has the highest number of Christians in Africa if you go to
churches you, would see emptiness.
Many of us are empty; the disciples were just 12 but they evangelized
the world, today we have billions but we are not thinning out the
gospel, there are no practical Christians, most Christians today are
playing church” the man of God lamented.
“I was originally from a Muslim background but attended a Christian
primary school where I learnt the apostle’s creed and I was converted;
why is the church not converting people anymore?
“If we do the work of God with the power of the Holy Spirit, we would
change Nigeria”, he said.
He urged members of the church to ensure that the gospel is spread
from the Niger Delta to the north through Sokoto to Niger and Morocco.
Lamido who also served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Wusasa
congratulated Tunde Adeleye for his new post as the Archbishop of the
Ecclesiastical Province of Niger Delta and urged him to work towards
perfection like David in the bible that was not perfect but was a man
after God’s heart.
He added that Adeleye was a good child of God that did not mind tribe,
educational background or status but was only interested in Jesus and his work.
He appealed to members of the church in the Niger Delta province to
support the archbishop and not just be critics.
Speaking after the service, Archbishop Tunde Adeleye said the way to approach the problem of Nigeria was for Christians to be united and speak with one voice.
A situation where Christians from different parts of the country say
different things at the same time do not help the course.
On the independence celebration, the cleric stated that Nigeria had
not achieved much since its independence in 1960.
“To tell you the truth as a nation, we are not there yet, apart from
the fact that we have remained together as a nation, we have achieved
For a better Nigeria, we need true federalism, a nation where the
people will own whatever they produce, they can now give to the centre out of it.
“The governor of any state should not always run to Abuja to collect
pittance,” he said stressed.