Knights have been described as true Christians who have “volunteered to be enlisted into a special squad in the army of Christ” which distinguishes them from other Christians who are also Christian soldiers.
This was part of the submissions in the presidential address delivered recently by the President of the Owerri Council of Knights, Sir Israel Ngozi Ekezie during the 2013 Chapter of the council held at the chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University, Owerri with the theme, “The Knight as a soldier of Christ”.
In a scholarly report, Sir Ekezie proceeded to explain the symbolism of the knights’ regalia including the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the feet shod of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit and praying in the spirit.
He posited that the mind is the battle field for Knights hence “you must therefore watch what you imbibe, because what you feed your spirit goes to your mind; if your mind absorbs things that elicit fear, it would make you fearful and ultimately, an unreliable soldier”.
Stressing the importance of truth in the life of knights, the president warned that “Knights who are not wearing the belt of truth are likely to live unstable lives” as they are more their senses and situations around them instead of by the word of God”
He then counseled Christians to always employ praises, worship, thanksgiving and prayer as strong weapons of warfare.
Touching other issues earlier, Sir Ekezie described as “a very heavy assignment for us all” the impending hosting of over 3000 knights from all over Nigeria in March next year by Owerri Council under the aegis of National Joint Council of Kights (JCK). But he challenged the knights to “be prepared to play his/her part in the onerous task of preparing to host the convention”.
In her report at the occasion also, the president, Ladies of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, Lady Pamela Njemanze, recalled some hymns which specifically define Christians and knights as soldiers of Christ.
She also defined knighthood as a call to service as she urged all knights and Ladies of St Christopher to “be prepared to be burden bearers, making sacrifices of time, resources, energy etc. when necessary”.
Lady Njemanze happily announced that work had started on the construction of the ultra-modern hall being built by the Ladies of St Christopher, Owerri Council, at the site of the Knights’ secretariat.
One of the highlights of the event was the launching of the presidential addressed by the delegates and invitees which attracted a favourable response.
The Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD donated N1,000,000 to the council with the specific request that the knights deploy it towards the fencing of Lasbery College Compound, Irete.