By Eric Elezuo
The Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, His Holiness Pope Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu, was a special guest at the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, where he delivered a paper on Christianity and Human Rights in Multi-Faith Nigeria.
The respected Reverend left no one in doubt as he proved that he is well versed in the subject while proffering veritable solutions to the issues of human rights in multi-faith Nigeria.
On his reflection about His Holiness’ paper, the Senior Advisor, Theology , Ecumenical Education and Research at Bread for the World Protestant Development Service,Rev. Prof. Dietrich Werner, spoke extensively well on the person of His Holiness, The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide and his zeal to uphold the tenets of Christianity.
In addition to His Holiness’ paper, the gathering also featured a discussion on current challenges for Christianity in Nigeria and Africa as a whole as well as how churches address human rights violations in a multi-faith context. In addition, a reflection on Primate Ositelu’s book, Christianity: Inside Story from an African Perspective will be undertaken.
On the discussion panel were WCC Deputy General Secretary, Prof. Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri, Founder of Globethics.net Foundation and Executive Director, Geneva Agape Foundation, Prof Dr. Christoph Stuckelberger; Professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Simon; and Senior Advisor for Theology, Ecumenical Education and Research at Bread for the World Protestant Development Service, Rev. Prof. Dr. Dietrich Werner.
The Nigerian Patriarch was received on arrival to Geneva by the WCC General Secretary, Reverend Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit.