‘It is ridiculous’ to tax Churches – Primate Okoh

Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh

Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh

The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, on Saturday dismissed calls in some quarters for Churches in Nigeria to be mandated to pay tax to government.

Okoh said this in Abuja at the 2012 Carnival for Christ, organised by the Abuja Diocese of the Anglican Communion.

The Carnival for Christ is an annual gathering of the various archdeaconries in the diocese to praise and worship God.

The Primate said Churches in the country were contributing immensely to the growth of the economy through their programmes and activities by engaging many unemployed youths.

He added that “it is ridiculous for anyone to suggest that Churches should be mandated to pay taxes to government.

“It is unfortunate to hear that someone will suggest that Churches should start paying taxes to government.

“Considering what Churches are doing for the country, I want to say that government should instead, fund some of our activities and give some kind of funds to Churches.’’

Earlier in his message at the event, the primate had urged Christians not to relent in their service to God.

He also urged them to believe in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, noting that it was the foundation of the Christian faith.

He said that God at the appointed time would intervene in the challenges confronting the nation and expressed the hope that Christendom would emerge stronger and better in the days ahead.

“Christians in the country should pray for the leadership of the nation to overcome the challenge of insecurity,’’ he stressed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five archdeaconries in the Abuja diocese participated in the 2012 edition of the carnival.

In a related development, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, had urged Christians not to be discouraged by the recent attacks in parts of the country.

Onaiyekan said this on Saturday at the official dedication of the newly completed Catholic Pro-Cathedral, Abuja.

Speaking in his first public appearance after his consecration as a cardinal in Rome, he said that the leadership of the Church in Nigeria would not relent in erecting new structures to facilitate the worship of the Lord in spite of the insecurity in parts of the country.

Onaiyekan said that the Church would only grow stronger and united in the worship of God.

The dedication of the new catholic Pro-Cathedral Church hall was performed by the new cardinal and assisted by the auxiliary Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Anslem Umoren and other senior priests in the archdiocese.

The event was also attended by some members of the catholic community in Abuja and its environ. (NAN)

  1. Jacqueline Van Aswegen Reply

    I am a mere woman, who understands the plight of a people crying out in the night for salvationo. We like to think we are Christians, but are we really? We quible over nonsense, very few of us pray for our own families let alone our country and it’s leaders.
    God created all men equal and yet we thrive off of finding differences in each other and exploiting it to our own good. It’s so easy to blame Islamic radicals, terrorists, fain, drought, violence, but in truth we are the ones to blame. How much longer will we continue to try and do things our way instead of God’s way. Why must churches be taxed, why are children being exploited, widows and orphaned being disowned. This is not the will of the Lord. We need to rise up and be nation fearful and reverent of the Lord. We need to seek the face of the Lord, return to high praise and worship, to pray fervently, to listen to the voice of the Lord.
    Don’t stand and be counted remember why youwere created, turn back to the Lord, stop the senseless murder of young children by calling them “a bunch of cells”young and allowing abortion, stop trafficking in your fellow man, stop prostitution, mass murder. The land is crying out now to the voice. ……….

  2. Anonymous Reply

    improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools and teacher training videos to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System increase educator effectiveness and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency an average of 19 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at .School Improvement Network and its logos are trademarks of School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.For the original version on PRWeb visit: Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact .This article was originally distributed via PRWeb. PRWeb, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.SOURCE: Free School Improvement Network Webinar Shows How to Increase Community Engagement to Drive Student GrowthSalt Lake City (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new webinar recording detailing how to foster to increase student growth. Students learn best in schools with high parent, teacher, and community engagement to support learning, said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. This webinar recording is a valuable resource for educators trying to increase community engagement in their schools, and it will help them get closer to making 100 percent of students college and career ready.In this webinar recording, educators will learn: About School Improvement NetworkFounded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System for both school leadership and teachers. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System increase educator effectiveness and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency an average of 19 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at .School Improvement Network and its logos are trademarks of School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.For the original version on PRWeb visit: Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact .To our readers,This is a short message to let you know that we are closing the India Masala blog, but we aren

Leave a Reply