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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Lagos Diocese Anglican Communion stages centenary rally - ITREALMS

A mammoth crowd made up of all archdeaconry members of the Lagos Diocese Anglican Communion on Saturday, converged and staged an impressive rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan area in Lagos as part of ongoing activities in commemoration of 100 years of existence of the premier Anglican Diocese in Nigeria.

Bonded by One Purpose, One Faith in One God towards One Goal, the entire fourteen archdeaconries of the Mother-Diocese were in the height of mood as members tried to out-shine each other with different drumbeats, praise songs and dance styles even as they all radiated in a uniform wine-coloured T-Shirt adorned with matching face caps that compelled a wait- and-watch from passersby.

Addressing the jolly gathering, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye noted that the rally was a fantastic opportunity to come together to share in fellowship with Christ ‘as we get stronger, deeper and higher as a diocese.’

While thanking the Divine Mandate Partners, whom he described as formidable partners in moving the Diocese forward especially in the realisation of the Centenary projects, Olumakaiye described the Centenary Celebration as one designed run through the year; targeted at fostering a more cordial relationship among us all as we look forward to establishing something that the coming generations will also appreciate us for.

Speaking on the planned Centenary City, the elated Bishop disclosed that: “To the glory of God, we just secured 1,500 plots of land as our Centenary City through the huge support of you good people of this Diocese.

“This City is the legacy that we will hand over to the next generation alongside the ones we received from our forefathers.

“This will also allow us to add more value to our Diocese and our society in the form of low Income Housing Estate, St. Luke's Global Hospital, Garden of Gethsemane, camp ground, amusement park and many more.

“We will also give something back to the Church in form of empowerment of our women and our teeming youths. By the grace of God, we will soon move to our Centenary City.”

He expressed the faith that opening of some facilities in the Centenary City would be part of activities marking the grand finale of the diocesan centenary celebration.

Olumakaiye also thanked the stakeholders who have contributed significantly towards the realisation of the centenary project with special appreciation of the committee as well as other sub-committees in charge of the rally.

In his remarks, immediate past Archbishop of the dicese, the Most Revd. Adebola Ademowo, thanked God for what God is doing in the diocese describing Olumakaiye as a goal getter.

“For us to have him in the diocese the Lord has really blessed us. He is committed to the spiritual growth of the diocese. He is a man filled with Holy Spirit and he has been demonstrating this ever since he assumed office as Bishop of this great diocese. I am sure he is taking the diocese to greater heights”

“Within a very short of time the Bishop took the mantle of leadership, he has gone very far. He went round all the churches in the diocese, there is a centenary city that he is trying to put in place, there is the radio for the diocese, right in front of the diocesan palace you will see the electronic board. There are many things the Bishop is doing. I usually fast, but when the Bishop was enthroned, he asked us to fast for 21 days and I didn’t miss a single one. At the beginning of this year he asked us to fast for 14 days. The man is not doing the work in the flesh, he is doing it in the spirit, he is charismatic, prophetic, and he is a man of God to the core. So we thank God for all the lord is doing, we need people like him. In this country.

Ademowo also spoke glowingly of the Bishop’s wife, Prof. Motunrayo Olumakaiye whom Ademowo described as “spectacularly humble” despite her academic status as a professor.

On the expectations after 100 years, he said: “There are many things in the pipeline, but the Bishop wants the members to grow spiritually more than ever before, because that is very important, the diocese is growing physically, but he also wants members to grow spiritually and he wants them to be enablers,” Ademowo said.

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