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Bishop Oparaojiaku urges Igbo businessmen to return home By Emma Onumah

The Igbos have again been asked to priotize the relocation of their various businesses established all over Nigeria to the eastern part of the country.

The Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Ohaji/Egbema, The Rt. Rev. Chidi C. Oparaojiaku, who made this call at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Umuokanne in Ohaji/Egbema Diocese while preaching at a Eucharistic service preceding the meeting of the Joint Council of Knights (JCK) Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, expressed regret that the Igbos, especially those from Imo, who have established their businesses in other parts of the country, hardly come around to assist their home churches, but would rather prefer to sponsor, in no small way, the churches located in those areas where their businesses are located.

Bishop Oparaojiaku described Imo State as the heart of the Anglican Church and wondered why the Imo Anglican faithful would not come home to assist in the funding of the Anglican Churches located in the state.

In the same vein, The Prelate charged the Owerri Eccleciastical Province JCK, to set up a team that would help to mentor the weak councils in the province so as to make them be up and doing in their responsibilities.

Bishop Oparaojiaku frowned at a situation where some people are put into offices that they are not suitable for, either for political or zoning consideration, adding that when you put one at such an exalted position that he is not fit to hold, he finds it very difficult to stoop or condescend to learn or even ask questions.

He used the occasion to advise the Knights to desist from under-assessing any Bishop or start thinking that any Bishop is superior to the other, or even try to cajole any Bishop, adding that any decision or action he takes as a Bishop, he is prepared to defend it.

While demonstrating the indispensability of the five fingers which any normal human being has, and the competitive nature of man, he pleaded for the younger churches or diocese to be allowed, and assisted to grow by the older ones including the Council of Knights in the Province.

Presenting his address of handover of the leadership of the JCK to the new Chairman, Sir Israel Ekezie, the outgoing Chairman, Sir Johnson N. Asinugo who is also the President of the Okigwe North Council of Knights of St. Christopher, gave account of his stewardship and achievements during his tenure, and expressed the hope that the new leadership under the care of the Almighty God, would grow from strength to strength, warning that nobility in the Order of Knighthood should not be a mere slogan but taken seriously.

In his response, the new President-General of the JCK, Sir Israel N. Ekezie lauded the Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema for finding time to come and preside over the Holy Communion Service, and the courage and forthrightness with which he delivered his homily to members of the JCK, and promised that they would keep to his admonitions.

Sir Israel Ekezie who is also the President of the Council of Knights, Diocese of Owerri, commended the outgoing President-General, Sir Johnson Asinugo for being resolute and effective during his tenure.

He spoke of the need for set standards to be put into practice by all the Councils in the Province, so that the Knighthood is always respected, adding that the Knighthood remains the highest strata of the Laity.

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