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Anglicans celebrate 162 years of Christianity in Igboland



ANGLICAN Communion, Diocese on the Niger has  celebrated the Advent of Christianity through the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Igboland in style while calling on Christians to Christianise Nigeria.
Speaking during the event, 2019  facilitator, Sub dean, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, Obiora Uzochukwu said that it was a thing of joy to commemorate 162 years of the gospel by CMS in south-eastern Nigeria.
Ven. Uzochukwu said that the preaching of the gospel which was anchored by a white missionary,  Bishop Ajayi Crowder in Onitsha on July 27,1857, came with a lot of benefits, including civilization.
He said that the gospel of Jesus Christ came with education, hospitals, science and technology, good  dressing and other forms of development and civilisation.
“Today we are celebrating 162 years of gospel brought by CMS in Igboland. It also marks the advent of civilisation in this part of the world. Christianity brought hospitals, education and many developments.”
“We should not relent in evangelism-preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and Missions- reaching everywhere. Our message is that Christians should Christianise Nigeria with the peace-gospel of Jesus Christ”, said Uzochukwu.
The cleric urged christians all over the world to continue praying for abducted Leah Shaibu, asking the federal government to expedite action towards negotiating the release of the Christian girl.
Rev. Tony Okpala and  Rev. Chidi Okonkwo on their parts,  said that the advent of Christianity stopped various evil customs practiced by the people in the olden days.
“If not the gospel, many of us could have been killed because of tradition. Killing of twins, albinos, abolition of slavery and slave trade were among the benefits of christianity, “said Rev. Okpala
Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Surv. Arinze  Nwafor thanked God for the success of the advent of the christianity celebration which featured road show from All Saints Cathedral through the major streets of Onitsha.



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