The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has set up Alternative Dispute Resolution Taskforce to primarily see to all CoN disputes withdrawn and settled out of courts. This decision was contained in the Primatial address to the just concluded Standing Committee of the Church held at Evo Diocese, Portharcourt.
He urged members to pursue peace and reconciliation as tools in resolving conflicts in the church. He said good relationship with one another is vital for mission work and God’s kingdom, adding that peace must be pursued in the church.
The Primate who spoke during the Standing Committee of the Church on the progress in restoring peace in the troubled areas, disclosed that the crises in some of dioceses he inherited have been resolved, also warned that henceforth no diocese would be created out of quarrels, agitations and fights.
“Good relationship is vital for mission work and the Kingdom of God. Jesus said that making peace with your neighbour, brothers and sisters is more preferred by God to your offerings and sacrifices. In this Decade of the Reign of God, it is the principles of God’s Kingdom that will guide us. Might is not right,” he said.
To further continue the work of reconciliation internally, the Primate constituted a Standing Alternative Dispute Resolution Taskforce to work with those who have court cases affecting the church to withdraw all such cases from courts, intervene on behalf of the Church and resolve them. He also appealed to the Bishops, the Clergy and members to cooperate and resolve their differences.
The Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria Most Revd Henry Ndukuba said the body would work with aggrieved parties to first withdraw their “cases from Courts, intervene on behalf of the church and resolve them ” .