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Bishop berates priests …who “hover” around politicians By Gid Ahononu & Nick Chibunna

An Anglican Prelate has charged priests not to hover around politicians and those in authority for assistance as such would not allow them to speak against the evil deeds in the society.

Giving this charge in his sermon at a thanksgiving service to mark the end of the first session of the second synod of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru at the Holy Trinity (Ang) Church Iho, the Bishop of Isiala Ngwa South, Rt Rev. Isaac Nwaobia, PhD maintained that priests as watchmen over the city should speak out and condemn evil deeds in order to be free from woes as recorded in Ezekiel 23:33.

On the theme of the Synod, “This God! Invincible and Ever Faithful”, the preacher argued that people only profess God when they are delivered from their misfortunes instead of accepting it all the time. He charged them to have faith in God at all times.

Bishop Nwaobia counseled the people to be prayerful even when they are not encountering tribulations, pointing out that people perish when they are not prayerful, which is the weapon of the enemies.

The prelate then enjoined people in authority, even in the church to take good advice from other people as no one has a monopoly of knowledge, while urging them not to embezzle public funds as such an action would bring curses to them. The preacher hailed the Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emma Maduwike who he said has not disappointed the House of Bishops that elected him and the Ikeduru people by maintaining Anglicanism in his diocese.

The special guest of honour Rt. Hon Sir Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives also presented a key note address on “Security and National Unity”. He spoke extensively on the security challenges facing the country and called on Nigerians to remain calm, adding that soon all would be over.

The special guest of honour supported the new Diocese with the sum of 2000000. There were Christians from other  parts at the occasion.

The service was conducted by Rev. Can Sydney Akuwudike, while the first lesson taken from 2Kings 6:8-23 was read by Sir Emmanuel Ezeji. Lady Vivian Chioma Uwakwe took the second lesson from John 11:1-4, 37-44. Among personalities who graced the occasion include traditional rulers, top government functionaries, political heavy weights, religious leaders within and outside Ikeduru Diocese, including Chief E.C. Iwuanyanwu, Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Bishops and their representatives.

The delegates and church workers expressed joy over the success of this year’s Synod. Rev. Canon Sydney Akuwuike, Administrator of Akabo Archdeaconry and Vicar of St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church, Akabo attributed the success to God’s intervention, making name for Himself through the Synod theme: “This God! Invincible and Ever Faithful”.

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