Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor has counseled Christians to be fervent in prayers to ensure the emergence of leaders close to God’s heart in the forthcoming general elections. Bishop Okorafor who made the call at a one-day prayer and thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu, Owerri North local government area, Imo State noted with regrets that the political class do not seek the face of God in their desperate ambition for political office. He stressed that politicians have misconstrued the intent of service to humanity to self aggrandizement, behaving as though they were already in office. Speaking on the theme “who shall I send and who will go for us” taken from Isaiah chapter 6 verses8 following the Bishop noted that the Prophet Isaiah had been prophesying without embracing God adding that it was only when his eyes opened following the death of King Uzzaiah of Judah that he encountered God at the temple. He posited that until they seek and encounter God, present themselves as veritable instruments and genuinely declaring that “here am I, send me” all their efforts would remain fruitless. The Bishop expressed worry at some prophetic utterances in some quarters by some so called men of God, describing their actions as helping to heat up the polity. He also observed that a good number of the politicians were consulting and patronizing witch doctors or juju priests, all in their desperation for office. He wondered why all these desperation as though there could be a situation where two governors would emerge in a State or two Presidents in a nation at the same time and advised that they pursue their ambitions cautiously believing that if one cannot have a successful bid in 2015, one could become victorious in 2019.
Bishop Okorafor also berated those who allow themselves to be deployed as thugs and urged them to have a rethink because those who hire them have their children schooling overseas. He said they should seek for better means of livelihood since they would be out of job come May 2015 and may never be remembered by their erstwhile sponsors. He also took a swipe at the public service alluding that the service has compromised and abused their offices. “Go to the history books and encyclopedia , no nation has been blessed in terms of human and mineral resources as Nigeria at independence, but the problem he averred was with those managing and implementing government programmes and policies stressing that they have failed themselves and the nation.The Anglican Prelate while appreciating the efforts made by different groups, traditional rulers and religious bodies, thanked the Chichetanyi Widows association, Imo State for packaging the programme, as expression of their concern over the turbulent situation in the country. He assured that with the Spirit of God hovering over the nation, the country would certainly overcome all the challenges confronting her. “All we are passing through will be a thing of the history, Boko Haram must surely come to an end”, Bishop Okorafor stressed.Present at the occasion was the governorship flag bearer of All Progressive Grand Alliance [APGA] in Imo State, Captain Emmanuel Iheancho who in his brief address commended the Diocese of Egbu and the Concerned Widows of Imo State, the Chichetanyi Widows Association for packaging the event, being himself a believer in the efficacy of prayers. He expressed regret that the economy of the State has been grossly mismanaged and urged all political candidates at all levels to reorient themselves on the need to better the lots of the people when offered the opportunity. Also in attendance was the wife of the former governor of old Imo State, Her Excellency Lady Victory Mbakwe who read the Old Testament bible lesson taken from 2Kings:4 vs:8-31, Mrs. Jane Nwankiti, wife of the late Archbishop Benjamin Nwakiti, who took the New Testament lesion from Marks 1vs;21-end.