He enjoined all to imbibe Christian virtue and prudence in all their undertakings. The prelate described prudence as the hall-mark that sustains the quality of human existence – economically, socially, politically, in family affairs, and otherwise.
Bishop Maduwike said the great successes recorded by the men of old wars due to adherence to prudence and wisdom. He cited Joseph inEgypt, Gideon in his war against the Medianites, our father Abraham as a friend of God and others- He finally called on all to be prudent in all things.
The address was well appreciated, including the Catholic Community whose Parish priest was represented by the Parish council Secretary who led others to make generous donation. All member of Eze’s cabinet and high chiefs were preset to support their traditional ruler.
The exposition on the Conference theme continued with the thanksgiving service, Sunday 22nd April 2012. In his words of exhortation, the guest preacher, Rev Can Chukwuocha Akajiaku of Owerri Anglican Diocese, described Christian fathers as God’s ambassadors on earth. He enjoined them to eschew riotous life styles which cannot profit any body. He asked them to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the head of the Church as their saviour and finisher of their faith.
He condemned moral laxities such as fornication, adultery, drunkerness and said the duties of Christian fathers are enormous as that of Christ in Isaiah 52:13, stressing that Christian fathers should b e embodiment of wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
One of the highpoints of the thanksgiving service was the presentation of Awards to deserving Christian fathers. They include: Sir Elisha Ikechukwu Onukogu, Chief Dr Godson U.C. Ekwueme, Ezinna Ephraim C. Nwachukwu and Rev.Can.B.C. Nwanebu. There was also the cutting of the conference Cake.
Many Parishioners expressed their delight that event of such magnitude was hosted in their Archdeaconry. The chairman of the Local Organising Committee Hon. Okey Ezuruike attributed their success to the homogeneous nature of his people. He also spoke of their team spirit and brotherly love.
Earlier, the Diocesan co-ordinator of the fellowship, Sir Emmanuel Nwaneto had presented his welcome address in which he thanked Bishop Maduwike for his fatherly support. He also thanked the host Archdeaconry for their hospitality and brotherly love. Hon. Chidi Dibia also presented a welcome address on behalf of Owu Amako his Archdeaconry. The Bishop responded to both address.
Reports were taken from the various Archdeaconries and questions were asked and answered. After the plenary session, resolutions and commique were passed and adopted. The salient issues among them include:
· A call on the Imo State government to urgently come to the rescue of the people of Owu Amakohia, due to the deplorable state of roads in the area.
· The conference also supported theImoStategovernment policy on palm revitalization of one student three palm seedlings.
· That Boko Haram insurgency is a clarion call on Nigeria Christians to wake up from their spiritual slumber.
· The conference also condemned military intervention in Africa especially the recent coup inMaliand Guinea Bissai, and thanked the Economic Community of West African States for their timely intervention.
The three-day programme had both the laity and clergy assisting during the church service. Sunday thanksgiving service was conducted by the fellowship Chaplain, Ven. J.B.C. Njoku. Rev Can. Bertram Nwanebu (RH) took the Old Testament reading, the fellowship Co-ordinator Sir Emma Nwaneto read the Epistle while Rev. Blessing Anumihe read the Holy Gospel.
Personalities who attended the conference include the wife of the Bishop, Anuli Maduwike, former member of Imo State House of Assembly Hon. Peter Aka, Chief G.U.C. Ekwueme and others. Both chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Hon. Bethel Amadi, the first Vice President, Pan African Parliament sent their goodwill message.