Anglican Bishop Expresses Concern Over Nigerians Experiencing Intense Suffering

The Most Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa, Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, has emphasized that the ongoing economic challenges have inflicted significant suffering on numerous Nigerians, despite initial assurances of its short-term nature.

Akinfenwa conveyed this message during his sermon at a special ceremony held at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church in Ikeja, Lagos. The service, presided over by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, marked the consecration of four new bishops for the Anglican Church.

The newly consecrated bishops include Ifedola Okupevi, who is now the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos, and Ebenezer Saiki, who has taken on the role of Bishop for the Akoko Edo Diocese. Additionally, Venerable Collins Babalola from the Anglican Diocese of Ajayi Crowther and Venerable Festus Nwafili from the Ndokwa Diocese were also consecrated.

During his address, Akinfenwa expressed, “Even though we may label it as temporary, the truth remains that people are grappling with intense distress. In times of sorrow, it is the clergy who extend their support, offering a shoulder to lean on and a space to shed tears.”

He further commented on the current state of the nation, saying, “Despite the resounding chants of worship echoing through the land, it’s hard not to feel disheartened by the prevalence of corruption, crime, and deteriorating values within the country. It’s often said that a society’s leadership mirrors its collective character. Even a leader once heralded for integrity and anti-corruption efforts ultimately succumbed to corruption’s impact during his eight-year tenure.”

Akinfenwa offered guidance to his fellow clergymen, urging them not to lose focus. He underscored the substantial tasks that lie ahead and regarded the consecration as a divine calling to service rather than a personal achievement. He remarked, “Let us remain undistracted. The journey ahead is arduous, and this consecration serves as a challenge—a summons to dedicate ourselves to service.”

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