The 2015 Mothers’ Union Conference of Egbu Diocese hosted by St. John’s Church, Naze in Owerri North local government of Imo State was rousing as it was a home-coming for the president of the Mothers’ Union and Bishop’s wife, Ngozi Chioma Okorafor, a daughter of the church and the community.
In a striking appreciation of their daughter, the congregation of St. John’s Church, Naze presented her with a Lexus RX 330 car as one of the high points of the conference.
In his charge while formally declaring open the conference, the Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, counseled Christian Mothers to reflect on the vices plaguing the country, warning them to refrain from them to escape the wrath of God.
The bishop lamented the high rate of crime in Nigeria, likening it to the high rate of crime in Israel when Amos saw the vision about the people of Israel adding that the theme of the conference – “seek good, not evil that you may live” – was apt.
He expressed optimism that by the end of the conference, the women’s lives would have changed for the better to the glory of God.
Later in her presidential address, the president of the Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild and Girls’ Guild, Mrs Ngozi Chioma Okorafor, listed the vices ravaging Nigeria including bribery, corruption, terrorism, armed robbery and kidnapping.
Dwelling on the theme of the conference, she further identified political vindictiveness, oppression of the less-privileged, idolatry, injustice, indecent-dressing, covetousness and character-assassination, among others, as some of the ills of the society.
On national issues, the president urged President Buhari to be fair to all sections, creed and faith in his appointments in order to be seen as a Nigerian national president, not a sectional, ethnic, tribal or political party president.
She also urged Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to keep to his election promises and to ensure good network of roads in the state.
The chairman of the conference planning committee and a member of St. John’s (Ang) Church, Naze, Chief Magistrate Maureen Onyewuotu, said she was elated by the “I can do it” spirit of members of the congregation adding that she was overwhelmed by God’s favour on their Archdeaconry, church station and community.
She noted that they did not disappoint the bishop who used Naze Archdeaconry to pilot the new conference-hosting arrangement of the diocese.
Other highlights of the conference were the fund launch for their building project as well as the 2015 edition of the Virtue magazine.