The Anglican of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, last Sunday celebrated the first anniversary of his consecration and enthronement as the second Bishop of the Diocese.
In his sermon at the thanksgiving service to mark the occasion at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, the Bishop identified greed and selfishness, as the bane of the Nigerian nation and the church as well.
Bishop Okorafor explained that both Christians and Muslims saw every assignment as an opportunity to amass wealth, stressing that God, having given mankind different endowments and assignments, expected them to accomplish same without placing self above the interest and welfare of the people.
The Bishop observed that if church members and political office holders were sincere, upright and assiduous Nigeria would be a more, prosperous place for all to live in, noting that no country in the world had been as blessed at independence as Nigeria yet many graduates of this great nation roam the street unemployed and beggarly.
He cautioned the political class to be mindful of their utterances which were capable of heating up the polity, and urged them to learn to play the game of politics without bitterness and rancor in order to move the nation forward.
The Anglican Prelate stressed the need for Christians and Muslims to pray and seek God’s intervention over the challenges facing the Nation especially, the insurgency in some parts of the North. He enjoined Christians to imbibe the spirit of evangelism in order to reach out to the numerous people yet to receive the gospel message in their localities, adding that the great commission by Jesus Christ was not only for priests but a joint responsibility. He also stressed the need for shared duties so as not to cause the load to be heavy on one individual.
At the service, the “Faithful Steward of Christ” Award was bestowed on some remarkable achievers in the church, across denominational divide. Among them were the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi, member representing Owerri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives , and Prof. Jude Njoku. Others include Mrs. Eillen Uwajumogu, wife of the Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Mr Kenneth Ojiri, Dr. Mathew Nwogu, Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Imo State, Sir Christian Eke, Sir Stanley Amuchie, Mrs Noris Okafor and Hon. Dan Ikpeazu Member Representing Owerri North in the Imo House of Assembly.
In attendance were the pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, The Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam and his wife, Mrs Ada Iheagwam, the Chief Judge of Imo State and Chancellor of the Diocese, Justice Benjamin Njemanze and his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Joy Njemanze among other distinguished personalities.