The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has dissociated itself entirely from being used as an excuse or reason for any creation or adoption of any diocese in the United Kingdom or elsewhere outside its jurisdiction.

In a statement personally signed by the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Dr. Paul Dajur, and made available to ACNN TV through the Communication office of the Church, he noted that the Church has not established any Diocese in the United Kingdom and any claims suggesting that the Diocese of Anglican Missionary Congregation (AMC) is a creation of the Church of Nigeria is false and mischievously intended to be misleading.

He added that the initiative to create this diocese is entirely that of the Anglican Network in Europe (ANiE) and not of the Church of Nigeria.

Dr. Paul emphasized the Church of Nigeria respects the jurisdiction and territorial boundaries of the Church of England and adheres strictly to the principles of Anglican polity and provincial jurisdiction. “As an Anglican Province, we hold the jurisdiction of the Church of England in the highest regard”.

He noted that the missions if the Church of Nigeria in the UK are carried out through the Nigerian Chaplaincy, which serves the spiritual needs of Nigerians in the UK without contravening the established ecclesiastical order.

The Nigerian Chaplaincy is not a diocese and does not seek to operate as such within the UK.

As a foundation and prominent member of GAFCON, the Church of Nigeria rejoices at the good work the LORD is doing through GAFCON member Provinces worldwide and prays for the mission of ANiE.

ANiE is an independent Christian Ecclesial Body that is in conversation with any other Christian Bodies and Communities to enhance the Orthodox and Biblical Faith witness in all nations. They offer hope and support to all who seek to be faithful to the Orthodox Faith and our cherished Anglican Heritage.

Venerable Paul urges all members, affiliates, and the general public to disregard any such contrary claims and continue to support the mission of the Church through the established and recognized Nigerian Chaplaincy.

He equally assures all our Clergy in the UK and Europe of the Church’s support, guidance, and prayers and also for them to stay focused on their ministry and mission.

For further clarification, contact The Rt Rev’d Benjamin Enwuchola, who is the coordinating Bishop for Europe Missions on +447944470263 or benwuchola@yahoo.co.uk

 

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