The Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has noted with regrets that politicians have abandoned the intent of service to humanity, in preference to self aggrandizement. He regretted that some politicians do not seek the face of God in their desperate ambition for political office.
At a one-day prayer and thanksgiving service at the All Saints Church Cathedral, Egbu in Owerri North had government area, Bishop Okorafor stressed that politicians behave as though they were already in office.
Speaking on the theme: “Who shall I send and who will go for us? ( a text from Isaiah 6 verse 8) the Prelate inferred that Prophet Isaiah had been prophesying without embracing God, and that his eyes opened at the death of King Uzzaiah of Juda that he encountered God in the temple.
“Until politicians seek and encounter God and present themselves as veritable instruments – and genuinely declaring ‘here am I, send me’ – all there efforts would be fruitless”, he warned.
The Bishop at the same time expressed worry at some prophetic utterances in some quarters by some so-called men of God, whose actions he described as capable of heating up the polity.
He took a swipe at the politicians who consult and patronize witch-doctors in their desperation for office, as well young men who allow themselves to be deployed as thugs.
To the later, Bishop Okorafor urged them to have a re-think, bearing in mind that their hirers have their own children attending schools overseas.
Civil servants also came under hammer for compromising their offices in order to satisfy the whims and caprices of the politicians.
Turning, to the Chatachanyi Widows Association, Imo State and traditional rulers and religious bodies who have expressed concern over the turbulent situation in the country, he assured them that with the spirit of God hovering over the nation, the country would certainly overcome all the challenges ahead.
Present at the occasion was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho who thanked Egbu Diocesan authorities and the concerned widows in Imo State for packaging the event. Also, the wife of the former governor of old Imo State, her Excellency, Lady Victoria Mbakwe, as well as Mrs Jane Nwankiti, wife of the late Archbishop Benjamin Nwankiti were in attendance.