Clergymen in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri have been cautioned not to allow the churches under their pastoral care to be used as a campaign ground for the coming general elections.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev Cyril C. Okorocha PhD, who gave this warning at a thanksgiving service held last Sunday at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, to mark the end of a re-dedication week of the Cathedral congregation, noted that, to allow any politician or party to do so, would not be justifiable if others are denied such a privilege, adding that any priest that fails to heed to the warning should get ready to be defrocked.
Bishop Okorocha stated that any politician or party that has such intention should please go and look for a public or a neutral ground such as the stadium, to do so.
The Prelate, while expressing the view that the problem of this nation, Nigeria, is nothing but greed, added that the biggest curse that can be placed on any political leader is to elect him to lead a nation of bad people, or vice versa
He called for a positive change in the hearts of all Christians in the country, particularly those in Imo State, and advised them not to have anything to do with politicians or those who are deceits in the society, as well as those who are in one way or another involved in kidnapping activities and other vices that are capable of threatening the society.
Bishop Okorocha, who noted that the arm of the flesh has failed the people of this nation, prayed that God may put His terrors on deceivers and those who engage in “419” activities and the like.
Earlier in a homily which he captioned: ”The Word of God, the Rock of Life”, the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable Dr. Akajiaku Chukwuocha, asked the people of God to invest in the word of God, as it is a key to our living fully in the life that God gives us.
According to him, “we ought to remind ourselves and others of the word, “to obey it as we meditate on the word without ceasing, making reference to how the word established Samuel, and God was with him as is recorded in 1 Sam 3:1.
The highlight of the service was the re-dedication of the entire congregation of the Cathedral by His Lordship himself, who asked them to endeavour to share testimonies of God’s goodness to them about this time next year.