By Gid Ahanonu
Irked by the disappearance of morals among Ndi-Igbo, an Anglican cleric has called for a return to the past when there was the culture of adequate parental care over children.
Delivering a sermon at a service to mark the 2017 Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Oru at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Awo-Omama, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, Ven. Dr Emma Uzuegbunam observed that the quest for materialism has hampered parents from living up to their responsibilities in the family, a situation that has allowed the devil to creep into the families.
Ven. Uzuegbuna, of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State, stated that anarchy befalls people when they appear to be independent on the laws of the land and the rules of God.
He called on the Igbo whom he described as one of the lost tribes of Israel, to shun sin and return to God just as the Jews did, saying “God wants to re-establish you as He did Adam” who broke His fellowship with God because of sin.
With reference to the theme of the Synod, “Where are you?” (Gen.3:9) Dr Uzuegbunam frowned at the lukewarm attitude of Christians and urged them to arise and shine else other religious would over-run them.
He decried the menace of herdsmen in the country who transformed to foot soldiers of sort and called on the authorities to put a halt to their barbaric acts.
The service, presided by the Bishop of Oru, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunonye PhD, was conducted by Rev. Benedict Nlemchukwu, while the first lesson was read by Chief Anthony Akuneme, as the L.O.C. Chairman, Sir Benson Nwabuzor handled the second lesson.
In their remarks, the member representing Oru East in the State House of Assembly, Hon Nkenna Nzerue and I.T.C. Chairman Prince Laz Okafor Anyanwu, commended the Bishop for bringing peace and development to Oru people in his few years of episcopacy regardless of denomination, hence they were happy to identify with him and urged him not to relent.
On the activities of the herdsmen, they assured the people of adequate protection.
Bishop Chukwunonye, in his remarks appreciated the good efforts of all those who participated to make the Synod a success especially, the chairman of the Cental Planning Committee, Sir Bonny Nwoha, as well as the L.O.C. Chairman Sir Benson Nwabuzo.
Others include his brother Bishops, Priests, Knights, Legal team, the Registrar, the Ag Chancellor, Sir Chudi Onuzor, Traditional Rulers, Obibi Parish, H.R.H Sir Dr. Okafor Anyanwu, Sir and Lady Nathan Udogu and others.