The United Methodist Church, Nigeria Episcopal Area, has inaugurated a new conference.
The new North East Nigeria Annual Conference was celebrated March 19 at the Karim Maundi primary school, a United Methodist school in Karim Lamido. Bishop John Wesley Yohanna of the Nigeria Episcopal Area presided over the event, with the theme, “Come, let us continue with God’s work.”
Carved out of the Central Nigeria Annual Conference as a way to foster development and evangelism, the North East Nigeria Conference was approved last December in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, by the West Africa Central Conference. The newly inaugurated conference consists of 12 districts, 6 mission areas, 124,311 professed members and 88 clergy members.
Those in attendance at the inauguration included the governor of Taraba State, represented by the Rev. John Simon Jatutu; former governor of Taraba State, the Rev. Jolly. T. Nyame; general superintendents of the three conferences; businessmen; politicians and traditional rulers. The new conference’s general superintendent, the Rev. Yehuda N. Zailani, gave a valedictory speech.