Bishop of the Diocese of Oru, the Right Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunenye, PhD, has said that the creation of an additional state in the South-East zone is as desirable as it is long over due.
The Right Reverend Chukwunenye said the zone has suffered unprecedented marginalization and deprivation as a result of the deficiency in the number of states and expressed strong belief that the zone would enjoy accelerated development once a new state is created in it.
Bishop Chukwunenye who was on a pastoral visit to St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Coker Village, Lagos commended the federal government for listing creation of additional state in the South-East as one of the preferred items for constitution amendment and called on all concerned to consider Imo and Anambra States for the creation of the new state.
He urged Nigerians to be patient with the development of democracy in the country pointing out that democratic process is complex but yields a huge profit when it is properly managed.
Preaching on theme: “The Lord will change the rule for your sake” from the Gospel of St. John 5: 1-3, Bishop Chukwunenye said nothing is impossible for God to do for those he loves.
The prelate specifically mentioned that the rules could be changed to include that the sick man does not have to wait for an angel to stir the water and that the sick man does not have to be the first to enter the water to be healed.
According to him, the sick man does not also need to have many relations to assist by throwing him into the water at the nick of time because Jesus has changed the dependence protocol to emphasize faith in Christianity.
He prayed for the progress of the parishioners and commended them “for sustaining the effort to renovate the church.”