The Primate And Metropolitan Bishop Of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Rt. Reverend Henry Ndukuba, has reconfirmed that Egbaland was the gateway to Christianity and western civilization in Nigeria.
The Apex Anglican Bishop in Nigeria made the confirmation while speaking at a Royal Dinner organized by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, to welcome Senior Anglican Clerics from all over Nigeria to the Consecration of three newly appointed Anglican Bishops, taking place in Abeokuta on 3 April, 2022.
Rt. Reverend Ndukuba noted that the entire Anglican community in Nigeria always referenced Egba people as the bridge that connected the western civilization Nigeria’s Christianity.
He specially commended the Alake of Egbaland for his sustainable ability in keeping Egbaland as the cradle of Christianity in Nigeria.
The Primate also drew the attention of the visiting Bishops from all over Nigeria, that the first Church, Cathedral of St Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, that was built by Henry Townsend remained a symbol of Christian unity in Nigeria, adding that it was not an accident that the church, Egba Diocese African communion had been chosen for the consecration service of three newly elected bishop.
In his welcome speech, the Royal Host of the pre-event dinner, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo told the Anglican Primate and visiting Bishops, that the Egba Royalty as well as the good people of Egbaland, were very excited and pleased that the entire Nigerian Anglican communion continued to reference Egbaland, not only as the cradle of Christianity in Nigeria but also as the gateway for western civilization.
The Egba Apex Monarch noted that the philosophical and contextual meaning of “Egba,” was to “accommodate, accept, bring in, and protect” the people.
On a Adedotun Gbadebo explained that, the Egba attitude had to a large extent, enabled Egbaland to grow into a Nation.
Alake told the number one Anglican Bishop in Nigeria the Most Rt. Reverend Henry Nkuduba that the Egba people would continue to be a ‘Greatest Host” to anything that would bring peace and prosperity to Egba people and Nigeria’ in general, just as the Egba nation had opened their gateway to Christianity and western civilization in Nigeria.
He also appreciated the role and toils of Henry Townsend and many other succeeding Anglican Priests, in securing Egbaland while at the same time spreading the salvation of the lord Jesus Christ.
The Egba Apex Monarch therefore commended Henry Townsend for advising the Egbas to return to well organized Monarchy in 1854, which they operated before their arrival in Abeokuta in 1830.
On Sunday 3 April, 2022, three newly elected Anngican Bishops would be consecrated at the Cathedral of St Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
The attendance at the occasion were top most hierarchy of the Anglican Church Nigerian Communion as well as the Olori Olatokunbo Gbadebo Ph.D., the host, Bishop Rt. Reverend Oludaisi Adekunle, Ph.D. and his wife Mama Egba, Mrs. Adekunle.
An important highlight at the Royal Banquet Dinner for the visiting Primates and Archbishops of Nigeria, was the reading of the theme of the first sermon delivered by Henry Townsend on the 1st of January 1943, at the present site of the Cathedral of St Peter Ake, Abeokuta, Luke 14: 12-24, was read by 99 year old Chief A.O Sorinwa, who was 20 years old, as at January 1943 hundred years after.
Chief Sorinwa, who would be 99 years old in December this year, read the passage without an aid of glasses.
Top Anglican Bishops from all over Nigeria attending the consecration of the three newly Anglican bishops were: Dean of the Nigerian Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Dr. Ali Buba Lamido, Archbishop of the Communion included were; Ibadan; Archbishop Joseph Akinfenwa, Kwara; Archbishop Israel Amoo, Bendel; Archbishop Cyril Odutewu, Niger Delta; Archbishop Eyadeh, Aba; Archbishop Isaac Nwobia, Archbishop Alex Ibegwu, Jos; Archbishop Marcus Ibrahim, among other Bishops.
The Egba High Chiefs at the occasion were: Amona of Egbaland, Baajiki of Egbaland, Chief Harold Sodipo, Bada Asojuoba of Egbaland, Bantun of Egbaland; Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, Onimoero of Egbaland; Chief Tokunbo Odebunmi, Bobagunwa of Egbaland; Chief Toye Okanlawon, Aare-Baaroyin of Egbaland; Chief Layi Labode, Iyalode of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson among other Chiefs.