With Rev Canon Chinemerem Uche
The dark faces of men vented on you in displeasure, does not foreclose the brightness of God. When God shines his face on His man who runs with His dream, all is bright! God’s Face brightened the dungeon where Joseph was kept. God’s face brightened the entire Egypt when all the nations around the region were passing through an unprecedented famine. This was simply because there was a man in Egypt running with a God given dream! Men who run with dreams do not raise just alarm; they raise alarm with a concrete road map that is proactive. They are not interested in what they would gain from the execution of the project, but they are more interested in saving mankind. In raising the alarm over the interpretation of pharaoh’s dream take notice of how Joseph provided the solution. He did not project or force himself into the cabinet of Pharaoh, he was more concerned about what should be done to save the nation than what should be done for his personal gain: “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon. “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.” – Gen 41:28-36.
It would be futile to use the method of men to try change men in a corrupt society. The instrument of change and true sloganeering remains undoubtedly, the Gospel! The Bible says, “I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. -Rom 1:16-17 (GNT). No matter how hard we try to fight corruption without Christ we cannot go far. We may continue to have people who are financially blameless but morally corrupt. We will continue to have men and women, who do not lie but see nothing wrong with sodomy, People who are generous but thieves of public funds. It is only the Gospel of Christ that has the power to completely transform a man so that in public, in private and in family life he is seen a Christ’s man.
That is why a well trained priest who chooses to motivate people unto excellence should do so by urging people not just to excel but to excel in the image of Christ. Why am I saying this? I am saying this because we have hodgepodge of ministers this days who go about enticing most especially young people and old men and women who lack the will and capacity to read and understand the Gospel, do deep thinking and credible analysis. These ministers with sugar coated tongues use only psychological and management principles to motivate people unto excellence without standing their teachings on Christ. They talk about achievements without Christ, health without Christ, education without Christ and fame without Christ. All these achievements will only take a person to the broad way that leads to perdition. That is why the Lord forewarned: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” -Luke 12:15. “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?” – Luke 9:25 (NLT)
You may think that the Christ’s life is old school or will take you to no tangible prosperity but I urge you to remember Joseph, remember Daniel, Remember Ruth, Remember Paul the Apostle, and remember the judgment day. The world is waiting for you and I declare you will not fail. You will lift the failures; you will interpret dreams like Joseph!
Regulating autonomous community creation in Imo State
The 1976 Local Government Reform by the military administration stipulated, among others, conditions for the appointment of traditional rulers – election and hereditary system.
Though reputed for their deep republican disposition for which tradition rulership is not widely practised in their area, the Igbos appeared to have gotten their appetite whetted for the institution.
Hence, no sooner had the reform been instituted than there emerged in many Igbo communities ambitious elements with dubious wealth who put up themselves for election and recognition as traditional rulers. This trend has left in its trail irreconcilable disputes that have torn apart many communities for decades.
Apparently to bring order to the confusion, governments in the South-East, in their wisdom, felt that the creation of autonomous communities, each with a corresponding, recognized traditional ruler, could check the excesses.
The former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, created over 300 autonomous communities with their traditional rulers.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on coming into office, superceded ex-governor Kalu by establishing over 600 autonomous communities headed by their traditional rulers under the innovative Community Government Council (CGC) scheme.
Specific criteria were set for any community to qualify for CGC status among them; a population of 5000 people, a parish centre, a secondary school, market and cultural affinity.
Certainly, if these criteria or part of them have been followed strictly, the unwieldy proliferation of traditional rulers in Imo State, especially, would have been regulated.
Obviously worried by this, Governor Okorocha once hinted that autonomous communities which did not meet the conditions would be merged with others.
That is why we are unimpressed by the hasty passage of a bill by the last House of Assembly creating over 100 more autonomous communities in Imo State.
We strongly call on the governor not to give his accent to the bill and also to summon the political will to enforce compliance with the conditions for autonomous community status.