Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has urged Christians to always aspire to be where God wants them to be and not where they desire to , which does not glorify Him. He noted that it was only when they disobey God that they not only witness their emptiness but also find themselves where they ought to be.
Bishop Okorafor gave the charge in his sermon at his maiden Episcopal service of confirmation, admission and induction for the Praise God Anglican Chapel, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State.
Taking his text from Genesis 3 verse 9, he pointed out that because Adam had disobeyed God, he noticed his nakedness, hid himself and began to offer excuses . He counseled all Nigerian students to learn to be obedient at all times, embracing all that is good while refraining from engaging themselves in activities capable of incriminating them.
The Bishop opined that whereas their parents sent them to the institution to better, improve and make them worthy leaders of tomorrow, some engage themselves into armed robbery, kidnapping and other social vices. He bemoaned situations where some of the armed robbery cases in the society were traced to students in higher institutions, while some others were handy raw materials in hotels, known as the most lucrative business in Imo State.
The Anglican Prelate while noting that the build ups to the 2015 general elections in the country are already heating up the polity urged Nigerian students to be careful and wise, resist being lured into thuggery, so that they would not be willing instrument in the hands of politicians. He contended that those wanting to arm them as thugs would not use their own children.
Bishop Okorafor who was overwhelmed not only by the number of candidates admitted into the various arms of the Church but also for the inspiring nature of the service commended the Chaplain, Canon (Bar) Ugochukwu Ekeocha and his wife especially for the team spirit among the student population , their support and commitment, which he said manifested in the wonderful edifice they have put up as a place of worship.
In an interactive session at the Council Chambers with some members of management team led by the Institution’s Deputy Rector Academics, Miss Nneoma Florence Eleke, who represented the Rector, Dr. Celestina N .Njoku, the Bishop assured the management that the grace of God is sufficient and enough to sustain and enhance the actualization of their set goals and objectives in the Institution to the glory of God.He congratulated the rector on her reappointment for a second term of four years.
Responding on behalf of the Rector, Miss Eleke thanked the Bishop for the visit and canvassed for the sustained prayers by the Bishop and the Church for the continued peace and stability in the institution and pledged their continued support to ensure the sustained development of the Chapel.
Meanwhile the Chaplain of the Praise God Anglican Chapel, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Canon (Bar) Ugochukwu Ekeocha while congratulating the Rector of the institution Dr. Njoku on her reappointment described her as an exceptionally brilliant academic, whose contribution and administrative prowess is awesome. Canon Ekeocha assured that as Church the Anglican Community in the Polythenic would continue to support and encourage her in prayers.