The Imo Area II of the Bible Society of Nigeria, comprising Orlu, Oru and Ideato auxiliaries was on Tuesday inaugurated by the society’s national executive council at the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and John the Divine, Nkwerre.
Speaking at the occasion, the national secretary of the society, Rev. Dr. Fred Odutola, announced the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most B.C.I Okoro, for his support to the organization.
He called for moral and financial support for the Area so that it would meet its national obligations of subsidizing the cost of the bible.
Dr Odutola commended the Imo Area for being the first to be split into two and attributed it to an act of God and hard work on the part of officials of the Imo Area, such as the National Vice Chairman, Mrs Meg Opara Onukwugha, the Area Chairman Ven J.B.C Njoku, the secretary Rev. Cannon Chris Mba and Sir Henry Mere, among others.
He also expressed happiness that a sixth area had been recorded in Eastern Nigeria, recalling that Late Sir Akanu Ibiam who hailed from the area formed the society in Nigeria.
In his address, the chairman of the newly inaugurated Imo Area II, Ven Emma Amaechi (JP), thanked the national executives of the society as well as Archbishop Okoro, assuring them that they will not disappoint the organization.
He called for cooperation of all in making the Bible available to everyone which he said, is an important aspect in evangelism.
Earlier in his sermon at the service preceding the inauguration, Most Rev. Okoro traced the history of the Bible which, he said, was translated to English and later to Igbo with the help of Bishop A.C. Onyeabo and Archdeacon Dennis in 1906.
He commended members of the society and encouraged all Christians to read the Bible “frequently, prayerfully, meditatingly, searchingly and devotionally”, describing it as a pilgrims staff, a pilot compass, a soldier sword and a traveler’s map.
The Primate recalled that many institutions dropped the Bible when government took over schools after the war and challenged the society to restore Bible readings in schools.
According to him, the Bible states God’s will and reveals his plans for now and next life as well as way to salvation.
He said that its attributes were clearly stated in Romans 1:2; 3:2, Luke 24: 2-5, mark7:13, Daniel 10:21. Philippians’ 2:16, among others, and urged Christians to not only read the Bible but also to be doers of the word in order to attain good health as well as heavenly treasures.
The service was conducted by very Rev. E.I Aguoru while Ven J.B.C Njoku read the only lesson.