Referencing the initiative of putting up CAN’s Secretariat in the State, the 51-year-old Nigerian Prelate added, “My greatest joy about this project is the fact that this is the collective effort of the Christians of Adamawa State. This is not built by the government or individual but the collective efforts of Christians.”
Besides Christians, The Local Ordinary of Yola who has served as CAN Chairman in Adamawa State since his election in 2017 noted that people of other religions contributed towards the construction of the Secretariat.
He recalled his address following his election as CAN Chair in the State saying, “During my inaugural speech, I promised that by the Grace of God I would invite you for the commissioning of a CAN Secretariat that would be (built) under my leadership.”
“Today, to the glory of God I have made good the promise I made about two years ago,” Bishop Mamza said during the Sunday event and recalled, “We laid the foundation stone for this project on 2nd November 2018 and today, 5th January 2020 we are commissioning it. This project therefore took us 13 months only to complete it.”
He went on to share the challenges at the beginning of the project saying, “The planning and implementation of this work was a herculean task because the vision was not clear to some while others did not support it.”
“Some of my personal friends ran away from me because I requested support from them in respect of this project. As soon as I made request no phone call again,” the Church leader recalled.
However, the Bishop noted in reference to the construction of the Secretariat, “It has connected me to more friends and people I have never known before. So, I have actually gain rather than losing in terms of relationship.”
Considering his own experiences during the implementation of the project, Bishop Mamza appealed for unity among Christians and cautioned against belonging “to schisms or denominations that divide believers, nor wear their divisive names.”
“Before we can become united, we must become untied from all that divides,” Bishop Mamza advised and emphasized, “I appeal to you brothers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another, that there may be no divisions among you.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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