All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha joined other Christian faithful of the Anglican Communion, Church of Nigeria as they mark 163years anniversary of advent of gospel of Christianity in Igbo Land.
The event which was usually characterised with pomp, merriments, road shows, motorcade with gospel music and dancing followed by motely crowd was held on low key due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Speaking at the event, the Sub Dean, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu stated that the advent of the gospel of Christianity brought illumination and civilization to Nigeria.
He said that before the coming of Christianity through Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1857 to the South Eastern and part of South Southern Nigeria people were in darkness.
“July 27 of every year is the day we celebrate the coming of the gospel of Christianity through the CMS and led by Ajayi Crowther to Igbo Land.
“The white men led by Ajayi Crowther, a Nigerian missionary landed at River Niger here in Onitsha, even the chains they used to anchor their ship in 1857 is still with us.
“People were living in darkness, impoverishment, and some were into cannibalism. Slave trade, killing of twins, devilish idolatry were practiced before the CMS brought the good news of Christianity.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ brought civilisation, proper clothing, development through science and technology, education and abolition of inhuman practices. Today, we have every reason to serve and worship God”, said Ven Uzochukwu.
Earlier in a homily, Rev Canon Emma Ezugo in his message titled ‘Mission Mandate’ urged Christians not to relent in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ which brings illumination.
He said that a person, community or nation without Jesus Christ is still in darkness, saying that today, Christians should carry on the great commission from where the early missionaries stopped.