Repent now, Bishop warns kidnapers By Chinasa Ogbonna

An Anglican prelate has warned kidnappers and other criminals to heed the word of God and repent as no criminal would go unpunished.

The Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emanuel Maduwike, was delivering a sermon at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, Atta, during  the thanksgiving service for Sir and Lady Bethel Onukwugha who were saved from the hands of criminals last year.

He reminded the congregation that whatever seed one sowed on earth, that the one must reap and “whatever you do unto others, that will also be done unto you”.

If only they will repent and come back to God, He will have mercy on them, he said.

The Bishop pointed out that even in our weakness, God’s strength is made manifest as was demonstrated in the lives of Sir and Lady Onukwugha who were shot by the kidnappers but God delivered them.

According to him, the all merciful God showers his children with favour despite their atrocities. He stressed that the world is not without problems but the mercies of God supersedes every problem.

While thanking God for saving their lives, the Bishop urged all children of God not to worry, to always believe in God and to always see reasons to thank Him often.

Speaking, Sir Onukwugha recounted his ordeal in the hands of the hoodlums, saying that he spent more than one year in the hospital due to injuries he received in the attack that occurred at his house gate in Uratta.

According to him, the kidnappers shot him and his wife when they refused to be forced into their  car and sped off.

They came back, perhaps to kill them, but did not find them on the spot as his wife had managed to pull him into a nearby bush where they hid before calling for help.


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