The Archbishop of Lokoja Province Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion the Most Rev Emmanuel Egbunu has said that the retiring primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion the Most Rev Peter Jasper Akinola would have made a greater impact in the world, or in the African Continent rather than the narrow world of the gospel.

He made this remark at the send forth thanksgiving service packaged by four provinces of Abuja, Kaduna, Jos, and Lokoja at the Cathedral church of St Michaels Kaduna.

The Archbishop who took his text from the gospel according to St Mark chapter 14 verses 3 to 9 thanked God for his faithfulness over Peter Akinola and showered encomiums and eulogies which according to him is not out of place, it is well deserved”. He said the potentials and leadership abilities in Akinola is appreciated because he gave his everything into the ministry in Anglican Communion worldwide and deserves to be celebrated because of his outright doggedness, resilience, patience, innovation, courage and Missionary passion.

He said that many books are being written worldwide about his ministry and standing firm on the undiluted word of God which he said is a boost for the church in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.

He compared the gospel in mark 14, relating the highly priced and valued oil poured generously on Jesus by Mary with Akinola’s larger than life posture. He noted that at a point in one’s life one is celebrated, Akinola he said is a workaholic who chose hard work that preceded his many successes despite many odds. Bishop Egbunu said Archbishop Akinola is a long time planner, who doesn’t take chances or procrastinate, adding that the outgoing Primate is a mover who always put the past behind him. A generous man of vision, mission, the preacher said that Primate Akinola’s creation of Missionary Dioceses is a boost because according to him his gains outweighs his pains and this has paved ways through imperfections of men.

The Archbishop of Lokoja Province said outgoing Primate Akinola is leaving many legacies which the church and ministers of God should emulate. He said Akinola is a detribalized leader and preacher who knows how to bring out hidden potentials in people of which the preacher says he is a beneficiary.

According to the Cleric, Akinola’s generosity is unsurpassed because he committed the proceeds of his 60th birthday to the families of deceased Priests as an endowment fund.

In his response the outgoing Primate thanked everybody that packaged the memorable programe for him and asked for the blessings of God on their families nuclear and extended.

He gave a testimony with nostalgic feelings of how his ministry was packaged and blessed to a very large extent at the Cathedral church of St Michael Kaduna. According to him it was there he got his preferment as Canon and the announcement of his election as Bishop took place in the same Cathedral that hosted the service of thanksgiving of his retirement .

He went down memory lane how he suffered humiliation which according to him had a serious impact on his ministry as it led to his determination of erasing the idea of going Cap in hand begging for money hence the idea of the many investments he embarked upon in the church which is yielding dividends today.

Three melodious musical presentations were rendered by the Cathedral Choir, Matan-Zumata Holy Trinity Anglican Church Television, All Saints Anglican Church Mass Choir Samaru Zaria, well arranged, meaningful danceable and award winning praises unto the Lord.

The Holy Eucharist thanksgiving Service was celebrated by the Archbishop of Jos Province the Most Rev Benjamin Kwarshi. It had in attendance array of Bishops, Archbishops, members of the clergy and well wishers from the four provinces of Kaduna, Abuja, Jos, and Lokoja with the Primate and his Wife as special guests.

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