Bishop tasks Christians …As Knights end Chapter Meeting with Thanksgiving By Emma Onumah

Christians have been challenged to show that they are soldiers of Christ by helping to fight against the increasing wave of bribery; corruption, nepotism, and other vices plaguing Nigeria  today.

Giving this Episcopal challenge in his sermon at a special thanksgiving service held in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, to mark the end of a three-day 2013 Chapter Meeting of the Council of Knights of St. Christopher, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D. noted that both leaders and followers in the country are to be held accountable for the pitiable plight of the nation.

While arguing that the trouble with Nigeria is not the lack of will and power to put good ideas together for the progress of the nation, Bishop Okorocha posited that those to be classified as heroes of this nation should be those who are selfless and transparent, and those whose sense of accountability is not in doubt, adding that, until and unless we find leaders in both the church and State who would lead with transparency and uprightness and to whom accountability to God and man is of essence, the nation would not get any where.

Bishop Okorocha who used the lives and times of Daniel and Joshua of Holy Scriptures as instances of heroes with transparency and faithfulness to God, enjoined all Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, not to relax or try to be like others, even in a situation where they are jolted, and warned that any man or thing that controls your mind would certainly control your values.

As he also added, when you are a good Knight and or a good soldier, Christ will dwell in your mind, and He will enable you to resist the devil in any circumstance or situation.

Speaking at the end of the homily, the President-General of the Joint Council of Knights (JCK), Sir Benjamin Essien, a retired Major General and also a medical doctor by profession, commended what he described as a combination of leadership exhibited by Sir Israel Ekezie, President of the Knights and Lady Pamela Njemanze, President of the Ladies, and said that he was overwhelmed by what he had seen in the three-day Chapter,

The P.G, who is also the President of the Benin Council of Knights of St; Christopher described the Bishop’s homily as very instructive, and expressed gratitude to God that there is such a Council here in Owerri which other councils in the country could emulate, and prayed that their lives should be the gospel they preach.

The highlight of the thanksgiving service was the trooping of colours mounted by the Knights and Ladies, which was inspected by the Diocesan Bishop, who is also the Superior of the Order.

Sir Israel Ekezie, President of the Council, read the first lesson while Lady Pamela Njemanze read the second lesson at the service from Joshua 11-9 and 2 Tim 21-6 respectively, while the service was conducted by the Cathedra! Administrator, Venerable Paul Nwozuzu.

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