In his youth he trained for a short period as a soldier but hortly after entered priesthood. He trained as a priest and was ordained. He was appointed in 1971, being ordained as a bishop in 1990. He has an interest in Christian-Muslim relations, having a PhD in Islamic studies.
He is widely known in Nigeria for his work on Muslim-Christian relations as "Mr Dialogue".
He is co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christianity at Kaduna and is an adjunct professor at Wycliffe College, Canada. In April 2015 he was appointed as the seventh Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council.
- "Archbishop of Kaduna installed as a Six Preacher in Canterbury Cathedral". Europe and Middle East. Anglican Communion News Service. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- Andrew Wheeler (2002). Voices from Africa: Transforming Mission in a Context of Marginalization - An Anthology. London: Church House Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-7151-5552-0.
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