It was a gathering of who is who in the legal profession, the church, government, industry and society at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri penultimate Saturday for the thanksgiving service to mark the elevation of Barr. Sir Ndukwe Nnawuchi to the exclusive rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN).
Preaching at the service conducted by the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. Paul Nwozuzu, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD, urged Christians to always show gratitude to God through thanksgivings for His favour after they must have reflected over their past when God had delivered them through the slippery paths of life.
The Bishop noted that the nation’s problems were caused by both the leaders and the followers and urged both to turn a new leaf to avoid going to hell.
The only lesson of the service drawn from Philippians 4:4-8 was read by Mr Chukwuemeka Nnawuchi while the intercessory prayers were said by Bishops Caleb Maduoma of Ideato, Geoffrey Chukwunenye of Oru, Chamberlain Ogunedo of Ideato as well as the host Bishop, Rt Rev Cyril Okorocha as Engr Ven Obioma Okere said the special prayer for the Nnawuchi family.
In a lively testimony accompanied with a song of praise, Barr. Nnawuchi who is also the Registrar of Anglican Diocese of Owerri confessed that God had answered his prayers during the challenges he had encountered especially the critical cases he had handled in the course of his legal practice.
He advised his fellow lawyers to read regularly, pray to God always to overcome challenges and to avoid combining the legal profession with other economic duties in order to excel in their profession.
Some who made speeches at the occasion poured encomium on the celebrant describing him as brilliant and an all-rounder in the legal profession who also excelled in service to the Church and society. Among those who paid tributes were Chief T.K. Nwachukwu, Chief Dr. K.A. Asinobi and others.
Other heavyweights at the occasion included judges, legal luminaries, top clergy, legislators, prominent politicians, among them Engr Sir E.C. Iwuanyanwu and many others.