The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, has admonished those in governance at all levels, as well as others in positions of authority, to desist from taking actions that would portray them as being hard-hearted or agents of darkness.
Bishop Okorocha gave this admonition in his homily at a special service held last Sunday at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, as part of the Festival of Praise and Worship, with the theme; “The Dazzle of Light”, organized by the Revival Team of the Diocese of Owerri.
He counseled that any leader who wants to be an instrument of light to the people he is leading should endeavour to lead accountably, and also make laws or take actions that would not inflict injury, pain, and hardship on the people that he is leading, in order not to attract the wrath of God against him in the end.
The Prelate enumerated works of darkness to include kidnapping, armed and pen robbery, destruction of lives and church buildings. Others, he said, are non-payment of workers’ salaries or pensions, owing contractors that have successfully executive contracts awarded to them, creating atmosphere of unemployment for the teeming youths in the country, bribery and corruption, exams sorting etc, adding that any leader who engages in any of these evil acts would not run away from the wrath of God.
He, however, posited that those who are in the light, and know that they are children of God, would always make good laws for the benefit of mankind, such that would give the people songs of joy in their hearts and lips.
The Diocesan charged Christians to always see themselves as special to God, family of royal priesthood, princes and princesses, and as a city set on a hill which cannot be hidden, adding that whenever they have the opportunity to do good to people, they should not fail to do so, adding that as they let their light so shine, people would see their good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.
He told the youths, here and there, to know who they are, at all times, so as to be able to reject invitation from agents of darkness, to become armed robbers or kidnappers, or engage in examination malpractices, prostitution and other vices, which, he said, would prevent them from being the salt of this earth.
The service which was a continuation of the Festival of Praise and Worship that started the previous day, featured the Glorious Singers from Enugu, the Vox Anglicana here in Owerri the Anglican Chapel of Light (ACHOL) Choir from (FUTO), CATOL Choir, as well as the Anglican Youth Fellowship from the Cathedral.
The two Bible readings at the service were taken by Hon. Sir Uzoma Nwosu-Iheme, ex-Commissioner in Imo State and Lady (Dr.) Ijeoma Ekeanyanwu, both members of the Cathedral Congregation.
In their separate remarks, both the Chancellor of the Diocese of Owerri, Hon. Justice (Lady) Chioma Nwosu-Iheme and Chief Dr. E.C. Iwuanyanwu (Ahaejiagamba Ndi Igbo) commended the music groups for their wonderful performances and called for a regular organization of such, festival in future.
Bishop advises against
The Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emma C. Maduwike, has acknowledged the dire security situation in the country but advised some power hungry soldiers not to see it as an opportunity to attempt to take over power from the civilians.
Speaking to Christian voice in his office last Tuesday on the third anniversary of the creation of the diocese which comes up today, the bishop reiterated that the “worst civilian government is better than the most benevolent military dictatorship”.
The prelate expressed sympathy with the President Goodluck Jonathan for the tight security corner he has found himself in and dissociated himself from the view that he is weak, arguing rather that he is being tactical and diplomatic in handling the issue in order not to play into the hands of those who want the country dismembered.
Asked to clarify his stand on whether Christians should retaliate against the unprovoked attacks on their churches or not, the Bishop of Ikeduru advised Christians to “watch and pray” pointing out, however, that there is a limit to human endurance.
On the third anniversary celebration of Ikeduru Diocese, Rt Rev. Maduwike expressed profound gratitude to God for “calling him and equipping him” in his episcopacy, pointing out that God has showered such favour on Ikeduru Diocese that the strides made in three year’s of the diocese existence have surpassed those of some older dioceses.
He also paid glowing tribute to the priests, church workers and “Ikeduru sons and daughters” for their phenomenal contributions to ensure the growth of the young diocese.