Published On: Tue, Mar 19th, 2013

Jonathan Passes Vote of Confidence on New Anglican Communion Leader as Deputy Senate President Leads Nigerian Delegation to Enthronement

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Justin Welby new leader of Anglican Communion worldwide

By Oghenekevwe Laba
President Goodluck Jonathan in a congratulatory letter to the formal enthronement of the Rt. Reverend Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion coming up on Thursday, March 21, 2013 has passed vote of confidence on the new Anglican leader saying he would achieve astonishing success in his new assignment.
In the same vein, Deputy Senate Leader Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu who will represent President in his enthronement of the new Anglican Leader worldwide will lead Nigerian delegations to the occasion.
The President in a State House press release signed by Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, dated March 19, 2013, made available to Urhobotoday expressed confident on Bishop Welby’s “inspiring antecedents”, adding that he would achieve “astounding success” in the new assignment which he has been given at a time of great challenges for the Anglican Church.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to express warm felicitations to you on your appointment as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
“I am confident that, given your inspiring antecedents, you will make an astounding success of this divine assignment.
“You can be assured of the prayers and steadfast support of my government and the body of Christ in Nigeria as you assume your exalted office,” President Jonathan wrote.
Meanwhile, according to the release, President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted a delegation headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu to represent him and Nigeria in London at the formal enthronement of the Rt. Reverend Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Other members of the delegation are Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, Ambassador Maurice Ekpang, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr. John Kennedy Opara, and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.
The Rt. Reverend Justin Welby was appointed to succeed the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams in November last year.

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