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Cleric calls for caution in choice of leaders

The public have been enjoined to cautious and pray for divine guidance in selecting their leaders.
Fr. Nwabueze Nwokocha of the Vocationist Fathers and Brothers, Isiala Oparanadim gave the injunction in his homily marking a thanksgiving mass by the family of Late Mrs. Cecilia Anyanwu of Umuokoroafor Elekenowasi, Obohia in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Imo State.
In his Sermon tagged “Who do People say I am” (Mark 8:27-35), Fr. Nwabueze decried overbearing influence of riches and wealth on the public, regretting that money now rules the world and people no longer mind whom they choose as leaders.
He observed that standards, ethics, good character and integrity are compromised just as crime, criminality and iniquity are condoled giving rise to atrocities, terrorism, killings, bombings, kidnappings and calamities.
Fr. Nwabueze remarked that likewise, people marry indiscriminately, irrespective of tribe and custom, importing foreign and alien traditions and gods into the land which, he underscored, invokes curses and debilitates progress.
The cleric admonished against inordinate quest for wealth and power, calling on the masses to shun materialism, ill-gotten wealth and abide by the word of God to live in good health, enthrone good leadership and the full rights and privileges of the sonship of God. At the funeral mass earlier, Fr. Nwabueze enjoined Christians to see death as a divine passage and an expressway to meet God.
Preaching on the topic “Death is a Divine Reward” Fr. Nwabueze said dead is an open door to blissful eternity for the righteous but for sinners and evil doers it is misery and anguish.
He stated that without death the world would have been horrific and inhabitable as there would be no end to iniquity, atrocities and evil, reiterating that evil men and tyrants would have loved to live endlessly, building up a magnificent, strong and unconquerable empire with dominion over the downtrodden, less privilege and vulnerable righteous.
Fr. Nwabueze who co-officiated the mass with Fr. Franklyn Mmirikwe of St. Peter’s Catholic Church Amano Obohia reminded all that heaven and hell are real and that death is inevitable, admonishing Christians to eschew hatred, malice and segregation as well as shun materialism, greed, avarice, covetousness and self centeredness.
The cleric maintained that earthly wealth and power are vanity upon vanity, advising men of all race to turn back to God and seek his face in pray, love their neighbours, assist the needy and the poor to store their riches and treasures in heaven where rodents and termites would not gain access and destroy them.
He remarked that the deceased, Cecilia was a devout Christians who lived worthy and exemplary life and prayed God to sustain the peace, unity, love , wisdom and understanding in her family and give the husband, Mr. Evaristus Anyanwu and family the grace, strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In a funeral oration by the family at her graveside, the first son of the deceased, Mr. Remigius Anyanwu said his mother demonstrated an uncommon love for both members and non members of her family, underlining that she never discriminated nor was materialistic.

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