By Emma Onumah
Nigerians have again been called upon to repent and have a change of heart, so as to be able to hear what God is saying to them concerning the state of affairs of this nation.
Making the call in an exhortation at a one-day Diocesan Board Meeting and Prayer Summit, held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri last Tuesday, the Cathedral Administrator and Director for Spirituality in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Ven (Dr.) A.C. Chukwuocha, decried a situation where as Nigerians, Christians and Moslems, have refused to listen to what God is telling us on issues such as the forthcoming general elections, the issue of Boko Haram and insurgency, the high level of corruption in the country and the deteriorating state of the economy.
He counseled that as the electorate warms up to vote in the elections due shortly, they should do so in line with God’s interest and will, and not out of personal interest which, according to him, accounts for why the country has been in trouble for years now.
Ven Chukwuocha, who is also a Lecturer in the Department of Surveys, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, condemned the attitude of some so-called “men of God” whom he described as charlatans and whom, he noted, have abandoned the way of the Lord in preference to the way of Ballam of the Bible, and warned committed Christians to stay away from such men before they are deceived.
According to him, “the equation of this life is not written in terms of dollars or naira but the receipt and knowledge of the secrets of the Scriptures”, as the only panacea to know first the mind of God towards us, and in all our dealings in life.
The Prayer Summit which was the first of its kind this year featured, Praise and Worship, Bible Reading and Exhortations, and a special prayer time for the church, the state of the nation, the 2015 general elections etc. It was also a time to pray for the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev C.C. Okorocha Ph.D, that God may strengthen him and his wife in their ministries.
The Director of Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese, Ven Zion Ngoka, who also is the Archdeacon in-charge, Christ Church Archdeaconry, Owerri, conducted both the prayers and the Holy Communion service, while the only lesson of the summit, drawn from Daniel 9:1 -end, was read by a Curate in the Cathedral, Rev Kingsley Oparanozie.