The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Sunday Olatunji Makinde, is set to retire as the head of the Church in October this year having attained the age of 70 as prescribed by the church constitution.
A new Prelate and head of Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) is expected to emerge on Sunday September 1st 2013 during the 44th special conference of the Church which would be held at Williams Memorial Methodist Cathedral Ebutte-Metta in Lagos Central Diocese of the Church with the outgoing Prelate presiding.
Dr Makinde, a former Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), FCT chapter, has since commenced a nationwide farewell tour of 11 Archdioceses of the church to bid the over five million Methodists in Nigeria farewell having assumed the position of the Prelate since 2006.
The outgoing Prelate who is also the former Chairman of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) would Tuesday July 23rd 2013 commence his Apostolic and retirement visit to Abuja Archdiocese.
Dr Makinde, the first Bishop and Archbishop of Methodist Diocese of Abuja is expected to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Tuesday afternoon and would tour Kubwa, Nyanya, and Abuja Dioceses of the church that made up the present Abuja Archdiocese.
He would paid a courtesy visit on the management of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at the corporate headquarters of the authority on Friday while the visit would be rounded off with the service of award and investiture ceremony at the Methodist Cathedral of Unity, Wuse, Abuja on Sunday July 21st, 2013.
“Methodist Church Nigeria is the first Christian Church in Nigeria having arrived the shores of the country in 1842,” Tunde Babalola, chairman, publicity sub-committee of the Farewell visit stated.