News Release

Aba Nigeria Celebrates God's Gift to the World

The grounds of the Aba Nigeria Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were alive with music and dancing as more than 2,000 faithful joined LDS choirs from around Aba to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ to the world.


Choirs from the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, the Catholic Church, the Apostolic Christian Church Mission, the Celestial Church of Christ, the Prestigious Voices (an interdenominational choir) also joined in the celebration by rendering Christmas songs and gospel messages. Trumpeters from the Cherubim and Seraphim delighted the congregation with their performance.

Reverend Ifeanyi Okwu, from the Diocese of Aba-North (Anglican Communion) delivered the keynote address calling upon Christians around the world to seek Jesus Christ. “Devote your lives to the Savior and live in obedience to His commandments,” he said. “We should seek to be like Him in our daily lives. Let us dismiss the ‘sugar and honey’ teachings of the world, and live as a response to God's immeasurable gift of His Son to the world".

His Royal Highness, Electric Allwell N. Ujoatu, the Eze Udo II of Mbutu Umojima, commended Latter-day Saints for encouraging the partnership of other churches in the interfaith event. Ujoatu said, "Today I have seen unity of purpose among Christian churches throughout Aba. I pray these good feelings will continue. Let us build upon our brotherhood."

The carol night was witnessed by 12 members of the Traditional Council of Chiefs of the Ososiomma Local Government Authority and other clerics.

Mrs. Omo Dede of Christ Embassy Church enjoyed the variety of Christmas songs. She commented on those songs rendered her heritage Igbo language, “I feel on top of the world, I am spiritually blessed to hear the songs of my ancestry,”

Belinda Kalu, former Permanent Secretary in the Edo State Ministry of Justice declared, “This is the climax of my Christmas festivities this year, the Savior, Jesus Christ is worthy of our praises.”

Justice Otuonye, President of the Aba Nigeria North Stake of the Church and President Emmanuel Okorie of the Aba Nigeria Southampton Stake called on Christians all over the world to live as Christ did, showing compassion and love to all even those who opposed his teachings.

President Solomon Aliche of the Nigeria Owerri Mission of the Church thanked all the participants for attending the event. He encouraged them to go and make a difference in the society by practicing the principles of the gospel contained in the lyrics of the music rendered.

The program was broadcast live by program partner 'Magic 102.9 FM'. Listeners called to express pleasures over the uniqueness of the performance. Modern Communications Limited (MCL), a cable television station also covered the event.

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