…As DG, Dr. Akubuiro launches book
The International Ecumenical Dialogue (IED), a conference initiative of Nigeria professionals and concerned citizens was Thursday May 31held at the De Legend Hotel Owerri with the theme: Involvement of Christians in politics – the Nigerian experience.
The maiden conference which featured book launch authored by its Director General, Dr. Chris Akubuiro was an opportunity for Christians and people across board to share views and positions that would provide strong voice in matters concerning the common good of the people.
Justice B.C. Iheka, Judge of Imo State High Court chaired the event, while Prof. Zeph Njoku, University of Nigeria Nsukka and Dr. James Okoroma, National Secretary, ADP, FCT Abuja were there as Book Reviewer and Chief Launcher respectively.
Those invited to speak on the theme of the conference included Rev. Fr. Prof. Philip Ogbonna, Imo State University, Bishop Cosmas Ilechukwu, General Overseer, CRM Owerri, Prof. I.N.S. Dozie, FUTO and Rev. Fr. Magnus Ebere (SDV), Spiritual Director, Canaanland Adoration Ministries, Nigeria.
When it was time for him to address the gathering, the Director General, Dr. Akubuiro began by describing Ecumenism as “the efforts by Christians of different church traditions to develop closer relationship and better understanding”. He viewed the aim of Ecumenism from the eyes of unity promotion among world’s churches under the umbrella of Christian faith.
“The Ecumenical movement seeks to recover the unity in diversity apostolic sense of the early Church,” he noted, adding that such endeavor was capable of confronting the frustrations and difficulties facing Christians in the pluralistic world.
The DG who said he was ready to serve in any political capacity toed history lane by saying Ecumenism originated in the “trans-denominational movement of the 17th – 18th centuries ascribed the 1910 World Missionary Conference in Edinburg, Scotland as birth of Ecumenism.
According to him one of the salient benefits of Ecumenism was “united we stand and divided we fall” dictum. He believed that without Ecumenical development practices Christianity would not be able to work together as one whole religious entity.
Speaking further, Dr. Akubuiro reminded that Ecumenism does not limit its sense only at the level of unifying factor, rather it saddles itself with the “preservation and protection of the environment,” a factor he believed remains so demanding, particularly in Nigeria.”
“Much is not being done in Nigeria and parts of Africa to bring different Christian denominations together as one united family of God and this has made it possible for enemies of the church to divide and destroy our Christian values,” he stated with pains while advising that Christians could be heard louder and clearer when they come together, stand strong and speak with one voice.
The highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the book titled: “The Church in governance: Africa realities”. Speaker after speaker commended the author, Dr. Chris Akubuiro for his thought-provoking work. They all agreed that active participation of good Christians, not just church goers in politics remains a sine-qua-non for peace, progress and economic turnaround in the country.