The retired Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mbaise, Rt. Rev. Bright Ogu, drew a philosophical parallel in the choice of the Egbu Diocesan Prelate, Rt.Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, with the creation by God of every individual on planet earth, “for a purpose”.
Waxing philosophical in his sermon during the post-consecration and enthronement thanksgiving service of the Egbu Diocesan, Bishop, at his home church, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Umuokoro-Eziama in Ngor Okpala local government area, recently, the Bishop emeritus noted that the Biblical David was never considered as one fit for the throne of Israel, but the all-seeing God elevated him to the throne. In like manner, the Bishop’s Episcopal birth was not accidental.
He stressed that the celebrant’s birth was therefore not accidental and called on the people of Okpala and the entire faithful in the Diocese to uphold him and make his episcopacy a success through their prayers.
The retired bishop observed that the birth of a child could be likened to that of the church, inferring that members of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and the entire people of the local government area never anticipated that one of their own would ever be the Bishop of the Diocese, and therefore throw-in their weight to see him through.
On the state of the nation the retired Anglican Prelate noted that the whole world celebrated late Nelson Mandela because of what they saw in him and hoped that African leaders would emulate the leadership qualities of the former South African leader.
The Bishop regretted that politicians in Nigeria were busy plotting how to rig elections in 2015 and urged Nigerians to be cautious of their antics, while being very alert to over turn their inauspicious moves. The Bishop who was particularly irked at former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan described it as being an indictment of himself.
“He is guilty of the same offence”, Bishop Ogu declared.
In his remarks, the Chief celebrant and Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, said that he was overwhelmed with joy at the huge turnout at the event and thanked them for coming to rejoice with him and the people of the area.
He paid glowing tributes to the efforts of the pioneer Bishop, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam and his wife, Ada, and promised not to disappoint the Church of God.
Among dignitaries at the service included the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Chief Judge of Imo State and Chancellor of the Diocese, Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze, Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. T.E.O. Ekechi and Hon. Emeka Nwafor, member representing Ngor Okpala in State House of Assembly.
Also in attendance were the chairman, Ngor Okpala Council of Tradition Rulers, HRH, (Eze) Fred Nwachukwu, and Dr. Noel Onyewuotu and his wife, Chief Magistrate Maurine Onyewuotu who also chaired the occasion.
High point of the event was the presentation of a Lexus Jeep to Bishop Okorafor by Justice Njemanze on behalf of the Diocese of Egbu.