By Clark Alisigwe
Knights in the Anglican Communion have been reminded that their investiture into the order is not only a recognition for their previous services to the church of God but also a call to duty and for more services to God.
The President, Council of Knights of the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Hon. Justice Goddy Anunihu (KSC) gave the admonition during the trooping of colours and renewal of mandate of the council at the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and John, the Divine, Nkwerre LGA Imo State.
He told them not to see the knighthood as just a chieftaincy title.
Justice Anunihu, who is also the chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, hinted that any knight who is not prepared to continue the service in the Lord’s vineyard by full identification with fellow knights in the council has no business presenting himself for investiture, stressing that the council has decided to use the opportunity to honour some of its members who have laboured assiduously in the service of God, particularly as it affects the sustenance of the council of knights in Orlu Diocese and beyond.
Speaking on the theme “Thus far, the Lord has helped us” (1st Samuel 7:12), he described the celebration as appropriate in the knighthood of the Anglican Communion, designed to take stock of the affairs of the council for the past year and herald its activities for the current year.
Earlier, the council president, expressed his immense gratitude to the Archbishop and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Most Rev. Bennett C.I. Okoro, PhD, and his wife, Nneoma Dora Okoro, for their amiable disposition and efforts in mission and evangelism in the Diocese.
He also thanked the executive members, in particular the secretary of the council, Sir Billy Gershon Ukwuoma, whom he said has remained the life-wire of the organization.
He extolled the chaplain of the council, Ven. Godwin Emeh, and the organising committee of the ceremony with Sir Chijioke Duru as Chairman and Sir Boniface Ihetu and others as members.
Addressing them, the Archbishop/Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Bennett C .I. Okoro, PhD charge them to remain worthy ambassadors of Christ in all their endeavour.
In an interview, the secretary of the council, Sir Billy Gershon Ukwuoma, expressed gratitude to almighty God for His multi-dimensional ways he had led them so far and prayed for greater exploits.
Late Chief Dr. Reuben I. Uzoma, KSC and Late Chief John Richard Anyaechie were presented with post honous awards of excellence in service, while Dr. Alex Osuji, Sir Abel Anyiam, Sir Timothy Iheanacho, Lady Ezinne Ogechi Akwiwu, Lady Ezinne Florence Ibe, Dr. Ezeka Okafor, Sir John Nwachukwu and Ezinna Samson Emejuru were presented with Excellence in service award.
Prof. Moses Iwuala, KSC, Sir Chijioke Tassie, Prof. Theophilus Mbagwu (KSC), Sir Sam Oguekusi, Sir Udeze Chinaka and Sir Abraham Nwachukwu received Vessels of Honour Award.