Bishop Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri has charged members of the judiciary to illuminate the world through the light of Jesus Christ who is the supreme advocate of the people.
Bishop Okorocha gave this charge last Monday at thanksgiving service in the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, by the members of Federal High Court of Nigeria to mark their 2014/2015 legal year.
He enjoined legal practitioners to imbibe the culture of truth without fear in the dispensation of justice, and stressed the need for them to realize that God is the overall Master who would judge the whole world, adding that Nigeria may not recover from the calamity she is into until it discovers the meaning of worshipping God honestly.
He maintained that the Nigerian nation can only be free if the judiciary can influence the other two arms of government to respect God as God is holy so that the scenario of being the hope of common man will be perfectly felt.
The prelate then urged the legal officers to be wary of flatterers, especially among the politicians, now that the election is drawing near and urged them to temper justice with mercy in most cases as Jesus Christ did with the Jewish woman caught for adultery and told her “Go and don’t do it again”.
The service was conducted by the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. Akajiaku C. Chukwuocha, while the responsorial Psalm 103:1-10 was led by Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu – Iheme as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta (OFR) read the old testament lesson from Ezra 7:25 -28.
Venerables Obioma Okere, James Onyekwelibe and Zion Ngoka conducted the intercessory prayers, while CATOL choir, led by Rev. Emma Okorafor and Sir Engr. Harold Ihemaguba, thrilled the congregation with melodious songs.
In his remarks, the Chief Judge of Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta disclosed that they came to thank God for abiding with them in the past year, and they were seeking for power to perform in the current year. He hailed the Bishop for their wonderful performance and encouragement.