As Anglican faithful celebrate 164 years of advent of Christianity in Igbo land, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Anambra state chapter has directed various church leaders to beef up security around church premises to protect them from unwarranted attacks from religious extremists.
Chairman of CAN, Ven. Joseph Nweke who gave the directive yesterday in Onitsha, during a church service to mark the advent of Christianity, said the directive was in view of the current onslaught against Christian churches in the country, by Islamic fundamentalists.
Nweke who is currently the Archdeacon of Onitsha Inland Town Archdeaconry of the Anglican church, expressed joy that apart from bringing us the good news about Jesus Christ, the advent of Christianity in Igbo land has brought education, development and other good things that are sustaining us today.
In their own separate speeches, former Provost of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger, Venerable Emma Ekpunobi; the Sub-Dean of Anglican Diocese on the Niger, Venerable Samuel Ezewudo and the Diocesan Accountant, Venerable Francis Orah, commended the early Europeans or bringing Christianity to our people at a time our forefathers were killing twins, doing all kinds of ritual sacrifices and above all languishing in illiteracy.
Ekpunobi, Ezewudo and Orah advised Christians to always remain faithful and loyal to God and His only son, Jesus Christ our lord and saviour, adding that as Christians, we must strive to convert souls and lead exemplary lives at all times and at the same time be agents of change.