Rising from its Episcopal synod held on 24th September 2019 at the Cathedral Church of St Peter’s Asaba, The Most Rev’d Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba has been elected as the new Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
According to the Dean of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. Buba Lamido who made the official announcement on ACNN TV, the current Primate, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has served for almost 10 years and by the 25th of March, 2020, he would have completed his ten years tenure as the Primate.
He explained that the advisory committee conveyed to discuss the qualifications of the new Primate to be elected and sent in their advice to the Episcopal Synod; after which the Episcopal Synod sat down, under God and elected a new Primate.
The election of a new Primate was presided over by the Registrar for the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Barr. Abraham Yisa and the election produced the Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba who will succeed the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh upon the completion of his tenure on 24th of March 2020.
Archbishop Lamido expressed gratitude to God that the election was successful and peaceful. He said, “The election was successful and peaceful; though not without challenges as with any elections. But glory be to God, the Church came together and unanimously elected a successor.”
He urged the Church to continue to pray for the new Primate and concluded with an announcement to the Church, the Anglican Communion and worldwide that there is a new Primate-elect, who takes over from March 25, 2020.
Also, the house Bishops elected two Archbishops to replace the retiring ones. They are:
- Archibishop Elect of Aba Ecclesiastical Province, The Most Rev Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia PhD Jp of the Diocese of Isialangwa-South.
2. Archbishop Elect of Ondo Ecclesiastical Province, The Most Rev Christopher Omotunde of the Diocese of Ekiti.
A Brief Profile of the Primate Elect of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba was born on the 18th July 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Silas O. Ndukuba of Ogberuru in orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
He attended Bishop shanahan college, orluband had his WASC in 1978. While in secondary school he gave his life to Christ as a teenager in 1977 and this meant a very new beginning for him. He worked in Kano state library, ministry of education 1979-1980. He received the call into the ministry of the gospel in the Kano and was subsequently sent to the Theological college of northern Nigeria (TCNN) Bukuru 1980-1984 and obtained B.D Degree in 1984. He did his NYSC in Kano State 1984-1985. He was ordained into the Holy Order diaconate 1984, and priesthood 1985.
He served in St Georges Anglican church Borupai Kano till he was sent to teach in St. Francis of Assisi Theological college, wusasa Zaria in 1985. He served in many capacities and headed the college, as the acting Dean. In July 1996 he was moved back to be the Archdeacon of Kano and help stabilize the diocese of Kano after some turbulent period. His zeal for the lord and love for mission was evident. In July 1999 he was requested to return as Dean of St. Francis college wusasa but by September 1999 he was elected the Bishop of Gombe.
And whereas Nineteen years after at the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) holding at St Paul’s Cathedral Diobu Port Harcourt on the 22nd September 2017, the Rt Revd Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba was elected as Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos and presented January 12, 2018.
And now, September 24th 2019 in an Episcopal Synod at the Standing Committee meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) holding at the Cathedral of St Peter, Asaba. The Most Revd Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba is elected, 5th Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria.
The Primate Elect is currently the Bishop of Gombe Diocese, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical province of Jos and Chairman of the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee of the Church of Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Primate Elect, is a sound Biblical Scholar, Teacher, Master liturgist, Pastor and an accomplished Evangelist. He loves the Lord Jesus Christ and has a great heart for the Word of God and also a prolific writer.
He will assume office in March 2020 at the expiration of the term in office of the current Primate of the Church (The Most Revd Dr Nicholas Okoh).
He is married to Angela Eberechukwu Ndukuba with Children and hails from Ogberuru in Orlu (Imo State).
Meet the newly elected Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. The Most Rev’d Henry Ndukuba…. He is to succeed The Most Rev’d Dr. Nicholas D. Okoh…