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God remains only solution to Nigeria challenges – Anglican Primate

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The new Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev’d Henry Ndukuba on Wednesday said that God is the only solution to numerous challenges facing the country.

Ndukuba made this assertion in Abuja at the commemoration of the Archbishop Nicholas Okoh’s decade of Primacy and Primate Ndukuba’s presentation as the 5th Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate Church of Nigeria.

He stressed that whoever called on the name of God shall be saved. He observed that the message of the cross is not easily accepted, and it is often offensive to the world and the powers of darkness.

He, however, added that there is no other alternative to salvation because God’s solution to sin is Jesus Christ.

The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria debunked the belief that there are other routes to God, stressing that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, the Father.

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According to him, the bane of Christianity in this generation is “cheap grace” without sacrifice.

“If you are not ready to lose your life, you are not ready to follow Jesus; you cannot serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and faithfully follow Him without suffering,” he said.

The cleric pointed out that the problem in the Church is that many struggle for positions, simply to gain power and not to pay the price of the gospel.

He, therefore, challenged the congregation to prepare their hearts and be ready to pay the price of following Jesus Christ.

Ndukuba said the Church would operate an open-door policy, but they desired truth, sacrifice, hard work and even suffering if it is to the glory of God.

The Primate declared that his tenure as leader would be a decade of the reign of God.

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He promised to strengthen the teaching of the word of God in the Church, pay attention to Theological schools, children, youths and women to ensure the future of the Church, and focus on evangelism and discipleship.

He said they would oppose lifestyles that are against the word of God and purge the Anglican Church of all that are against the authority of the Scriptures.

Earlier in the service, the new Primate appreciated his predecessors for the legacies of faith and structures they had left behind.

He also appreciated fellow Archbishops and Bishops for their confidence in selecting him and his wife to occupy the position; explaining that they could not do it alone without the cooperation of every single member of the Church.

On the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Primate Ndukuba assured Nigerians that this too shall soon come and go.

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He, however, urged all Nigerians to follow the experts’ instructions and continue to pray and trust God to deliver the nation and the world.

Ndukuba, the new Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, was born on the 18th of July 1961 to Mr and Mrs Silas Ndukuba of Ogberuru in Orlu LGA of Imo State.

He was elected as the Bishop of Gombe in September 1999 and nineteen years after, he was elected Archbishop of Jos Ecclesiastical province and presented on January 12, 2018.

He was elected by the Episcopal Synod as the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, on 24th September 2019 and Presented on the 25th of March, 2020 as the 5th Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.

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JUST IN: Nasarawa Attorney General tests positive for COVID-19

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Nasarawa Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner for health, Pharmacist Yahaya Ahmed, confirmed the incident to The Nation in a telephone interview in Lafia, the state capital.

He said:

“Yes I’m aware. I can confirm that, however he is in self isolation at home and is in a stable and clear condition. We are taking care of him.”

The Attorney General is a member of the State Task Force on COVID-19.

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Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

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African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.

New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.

“The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa.

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Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.

“This will save lives and save (the) economy.”

Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.

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Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.

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Nkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.

“That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.

Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.

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The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late-stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.

South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases

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The  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.

Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).

The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, and Adamawa.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.

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The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, and Kano State.

The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.

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