In one of his first Episcopal assignments, the new Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, recently paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Egbu Autonomous community in Owerri North local government area, Imo State, Eze Felix Orisakwe Egbukole.
Bishop Okorafor noted that it would have been improper if he had made maiden visits to institutions and personalities without first paying homage to Eze Egbu, Egbu being the cradle of Christianity in the Igbo heartland.
Stressing the need for Egbu community to support his episcopacy, Bishop Okorafor submitted that the church and community are inseparable entities arguing that if other dioceses which took off from Egbu were doing well that Egbu Diocese should do better.
The prelate then promised to be a listening bishop and would always welcome constructive criticisms.
In his welcome address, Eze Egbukole urged the bishop to explore the investment opportunities in Egbu Diocese that would not only make profit but create employment for the teeming Christian youths.
The traditional ruler also recommended to the bishop to set up a welfare fund to take care of the sick, the needy, old and helpless members adding that such would strengthen their spirit.
Eze Egbukole then extolled the achievements of the Bishop’s predecessor, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam.
Earlier the traditional ruler conducted the bishop and his entourage round the historic sites in Eze Egbukole’s palace where the Anglican Church took off in 1905.
In the bishop’s entourage were the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. Ugochukwu Ekeada, the Clerical Synod Secretary, Ven. Nathan Amechi, Chairman Egbu Clergy Association, Ven Kingsley Okere and the Bishop’s Chaplain, Canon Chukwuma Chimezie.
Others were the Press Secretary to the Bishop, Mr George Best Okoro, Ven. Duke Okere, Ven. Ezechukwu Onwukwe, Can. Innocent Echibema and Rev. Benneth Echeta.