As Nigeria prepares to celebrate its centenary since the amalgamation of Southern Protectorates in 1914, the Bishop of Orlu and Archbishop Emeritus of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Benneth Okoro, has added his voice to calls for a national conference.
Most Rev. Okoro said this was necessary to determine the future of the association and avoid violent disintegration.
He was speaking while delivering his presidential address at the 2nd Session of the 10th Synod of the Orlu Diocese recently at St. Mary’s (Ang) Church, Okporo, Orlu-west Archdeaconry in the Orlu LGA of Imo State.
The prelate described the Boko Haram insurgency as a war that would escalate whenever the Christians have been provoked beyond limits, adding that the sect is only a political mask of some politicians.
“We have made nonsense of the amalgamation of 1914 through politically-motivated murders, ethnic cleansing, and religious intolerance,” he lamented.
The archbishop decried the parvasive corruption in the country as well as the increasing youth unemployment, stressing that more drastic measures should be taken by the Federal Government to solve the problems plaguing the nation.
He, however, urged the citizens to hold on to God’s unfailing words in times like this, describing the word as a shield against spiritual bullets.
“God’s word”, he said, “serves as a sword against Satan and his wickedness”.
While commending the institutions in the diocese, including the women ministry and other departments, for living up to expectation, Archbishop Okoro emphasized on evangelism, saying that the modus operandi of the diocese still remains “expansion before consolidation”.
The synod attracted various dignitaries among the clergy and laity, including Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Ajulo, Anglican Bishop of Okene who was the guest preacher, as well as the Bishop of Etche Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Precious Okechukwu Nwala (JP) who was the synod revivalist.
Others are Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Hon. Bethel Amadi, Chief Achike Udenwa, Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso, HRM Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri and HRH Eze Dr. Emmanuel Okeke.
Also present were Chief Sir Jeff Uju, Chief Uzomba Mbadiwe Nwaije, Hon. Mike Ndubuaku, Hon. (Mrs) Eudora Igwe, Hon. Obinna Okwara, Evang. Esther Obong Egbuna, Chief Mike Ahamba, Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Donald Denwingwe (SAN) Sir John Otiwu, among others.
The Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, was represented by Chief Ben Nnadozie Udensi, SA to the Imo State Governor on Poverty Alleviation.