The General Overseer of Victory Life Bible Church(VLBC), Apostle Lawrence Achudume has revealed that the late Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Sunday Mbang in his life time used his radical approach to Christianity to drive home the need for the liberation of the citizens from hardship.
Penpushing reports that Achudume pointed out this in his homily entitled ‘Rebel In Cassock’ at a programme tagged ‘Night Of Praise’, held in honour of the late vibrant and outspoken clergyman, a service held on Monday at the Shelter Afrique Estate, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
The General Overseer emphasized that the deceased Prelate was very passionate about the development of his country, just as he stated that for Nigeria to attain the dream of its founding fathers, those in positions of authority must re-dedicate themselves to nation building and shun all forms of corrupt practices.
Penpushing further reports that Achudume, however, noted that the desired change has not been witnessed in Nigeria stressing that the country needs more of the likes of Mbang to champion the course of the masses.
‘Mbang used his radical approach to Christianity to advocate freedom for the oppressed and social development for the citizens. Mbang was a rebel in the cassock and didn’t seek for fame or wealth but for the freedom and liberation of humanity. His strong desire was to see a one Nigeria’, he said.
The Apostle while going down memory lane said that the radical nature of Mbang actually attracted him(Achudume) to him(Mbang) the 80s, while he served as the President of the Christian Union and Nigeria Students Christian Fellowship(NFES).
Penpushing also reports that he added that they both became very close and maintained a father-son relationship, recalling how he used to tap from Mbang’s wealth of experience and wisdom each time he visited him from Abeokuta.
The clergyman said the late Mbang was very contented, humble and lived a very simple life till he breathed his last, noting that he was a dogged fighter who confronted leaders like General Ibrahim Babangida, the late General Sanni Abacha and ensured that General Abdulsalami Abubakar conducted elections to usher in democratic government within a year.
Penpushing reports that Achudume pointed out that the blunt stance of the late Prelate on national issues, and his forthrightness brought him into contact with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as they both became very good friends.
The General Overseer while appreciating the children of the deceased, led by Sir Ini Mbang, for organising a series of programmes in honour of their father urged them to continue to uphold his sterling legacies.
Penpushing further reports that dignitaries present at the event included the Deputy Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Senator. Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, Archbishop Idem Okon, Archbishop Sunday Uko, His Eminence Udo Ekpeyong, Bishop Arabia Umanah, Bishop Imoh Otong, among others.
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