By I. A. Dickson
The National Christian Centre was first known as the National Ecumenical Centre, located in Abuja, capital city of Nigeria. It is the central Christian place of worship in Nigeria. One of the most beautiful building in town. When not being used for Christian ceremonies, it is open to the public. Guided tours are available for anyone interested in having a look.
However, the National Church of Nigeria also serves as a tourist attraction. And as a result, people come from far and wide to have a look and a tour of the magnificent edifice. It is one of the most intriguing and interesting places to visit.
The Church was built by Italian construction firm, Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Ltd. The project started around 1989 and was dormant for several years until 2004, when the Christian Association of Nigeria organized a committee to ensure its speedy completion as a priority of the new CAN leadership elected into office in 2004, with Archbishop Akinola as president. Thereafter, the project which involved Billions of naira was commissioned and dedicated in 2005.
The church dedication which coincided with the celebration of Nigeria’s 45th anniversary as an independent nation, was on the 2nd of October 2005 with the then Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo as treasurer of the Completion Committee. The achievement of the great project was possible through God and the efforts of CAN, well appreciated.
Been an inter-denominational church building makes it a worship place for all Nigerians. The whole inter-denominational churches in Nigeria is headed by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella body uniting Christian churches in the country, founded in 1976.
It’s Objectives serves as;
a.) Basis for response to the unity of the church according to (John 17:21) “That all may be one;”
b.) Promoting understanding, peace and unity among the various peoples and strata of society in Nigeria, through the propagation of the gospel;
c) Acting as a liaison committee, by means of which its member churches can consult together and when necessary, make common statements and take common actions for the common good and
d.) À watch dog of the spiritual and moral welfare of the nation.
Indeed, Christianity is Light, Christianity is sweet. Christians believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. Having the understanding that the phenomenon about Jesus dead, resurrection, ascension and return – and then heaven, is true. “that is important for all to know also that He is the only way to heaven!!! Don’t doubt it…
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