By Ogenyi Ogenyi,Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has sent his heartfelt message of condolence to the family of the Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church,Nigeria, Late Dr. Sunday Mbang, CON, the Methodist Church of Nigeria, and indeed the larger Christian community on the sad passing of the eminent Nigerian cleric, at the age of 86 years.
In a statement released on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary/ Special Assistant, Media, Ekerete Udoh, Emmanuel said the passing of the renowned Father in Faith is, “deeply painful, but we thank God for the life of impact you lived.
“You were a towering figure in the Nigerian Christian community, who, as the Patriarch/Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, for twenty two uninterrupted years, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) and the first Nigerian ever to head the World Methodist Council( WMC), brought honour to Nigeria and in the process won souls for Christ.
“One of your most endearing attributes was that you spoke truth to power, and was a champion for good governance, equity and justice.
“As the Co- Chairman of Nigerian Inter- Religious Council, you advocated a peaceful co-existence and tolerance of our religious diversity.
“I thank you most profoundly for the support and prayers you extended to me, since I came into public service, and most especially, the last almost eight years as the Governor of this State.”
The Governor described the late Prelate as a “Leader of our Fathers in Faith a tireless and passionate believer in the Akwa Ibom exceptionalism, godliness and moral rectitude.
“Nigeria will miss you, the Christian community will miss you, and our dear people will miss you deeply. May your soul rest in peace.” The statement concluded.