Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, has prescribed forgiveness as the panacea for Nigeria’s myriads of problems.
In his Presidential Address at the 3rd Session of the 2nd synod of the diocese, yesterday which expounded the subject of sin and forgiveness, the Bishop noted that it is not in doubt that successive administrations in the country have made genuine efforts to better the country and transform the lives of the citizenry .
He pointed out that major ethnic groups have one grouse or the other against the country, ranging from the Igbo who have suffered the pogrom and extreme marginalization to the people of South-South who complain of deprivation, being the goose that lay the golden egg, even the Yoruba and June 12 saga and the North sulking that their son, late Musa Yar’adua could not complete his tenure as president.
The Prelate was emphatic that if we forgive one another and bury the past, “we shall witness the beauty of forgiveness with its concomitant significant growth in all spheres of the economy and human endeavour.”
Quoting copiously from the bible as well as other literature and daily events in history, Bishop Maduwike declared that forgiveness is one of the major therapeutic forces in the world which guarantees God’s forgiveness of our own sins.
Many of our hospitals, he said, would have been empty if their occupants had learnt this basic lesson.
He said that in his ministry, he had witnessed people who became regular visitors to hospitals but got a dramatic turn-around in their health conditions when they forgave their brothers, husbands, neighbours and even communities.
The synod ends today with special thanksgiving and fund raising for various diocesan projects, including the new Cathedral building.
The event which kicked off on Thursday 9th October, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Inyishi in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State had the “Scars of sin and Beauty of Forgiveness” (Luke 11) as its theme.
It attracted eminent persons from the government, the clergy, the academia, and others.