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).
The Most Revd Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, hails from Ogberuru in Orlu (Imo State), born in Anambra state in September, 1959.
And whereas the said Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba was ordained into the Holy Orders in September, 1989. He rose though its rank and was elected Pioneer Bishop of the Diocese of Gombe. He was consecrated on the 21st September, 1999. On 25 November 1999 the new diocese was inaugurated as the 71st diocese of the Church of Nigeria.
And whereas 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 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…