The inauguration of the new executive of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo chapter was held on Tuesday, March 17. One of the speakers there was Augustine Obiora Akubeze. ‘Christians need to read the books of their religious counterpart.’

Born in Kaduna, Nigeria in 1956, Akubeze was ordained a priest in 1987 and consecrated a bishop in 2006. On 18 March 2011, Vatican Information Service reported that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Bishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Uromi, Nigeria, as metropolitan archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City, Nigeria, effective on 28 March 2011.

Akubeze, was represented by Rev. Fr. David Ogun, the Parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benin. Daily Trust reports that he said Christianity accommodates and respects the belief of other people. The Catholic bishop of Benin Metropolitan Diocese also said what Christianity is up against is fetish practices.

“By the way, some of us who are Christians should also go and study Islam to know what they know; no knowledge is wasted,” Akubeze noted.