Bishop tasks Imo govt on LG polls

Bishop of the Diocese of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has called on the Imo State government to address the issue of local government elections in the state.
He said it was appalling that  six years into the life of this administration, government was yet to institute the third tier of government in the spirit of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Bishop Okorafor, who  made the  remarks during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Ihiagwa Parish, at   St. John’s Anglican Church,  Ihiagwa Owerri West LGA, Imo State, maintained that posterity would not forgive  the governor if at the end of this administration in 2019 a democratically constituted local government structure was not in place.
While commending the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for the monumental strides in some of his programmes, he acknowledged  that it would also be a memorial in favour of His Excellency, should LGA elections be conducted in the state  before the exit of this administration.
He averred that it would be a misnomer if after trauncating the LGA structure in 2011,the government was unable to put it back and counseled  the governor  to ensure that democratically elected LGA structures were put in place before he leaves.
On the issue of traditional institution in the state, the Bishop noted that Ezeship is a revered traditional institution which should be accorded its due respect.
Bishop Okorafor further observed that although the government was showing  remarkable interest in who occupied the Ezeship stools, the government ought to ensure that only credible people  occupied the stool, as the occupant represented not only the image of their communities but by extension that of the State.
The Anglican Bishop felt disappointed at what he described as an absurdity, a burial reception held in the Church premises.
He was particularly irked that some members of the congregation had compromised in defaming the image of the communion, stressing that they were a disgrace to the Anglican Church and should blame themselves for their actions. He charged people of the Diocese to be sure they always maintained  the integrity and status of the Church. The Bishop also expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers of the two autonomous communities in Ihiagwa; namely, HRH Eze Kingsley Odu  of Ndidi autonomous Community, Ihiagwa and HRH Eze Sir Lucky Ajoku of Ihiagwa Ancient kingdom,for their presence in the service.
He enjoined the two rulers to ensure that they work as a team to move the communities forward in peace.
Bishop Okorafor also gave kudos to the Archdeacon and Vicar of St John, Ven Geoffrey Chima, the Parochial Church Committee and the Justice Goddy Nkwoada  led Reconstruction and Modernisation  Committee for an excellent job as well as the congregation for the support to their Church, maintaining that he was truly encouraged by the  level of work done in building the newly improved Church auditorium and urged for the sustenance of the tempo.
The Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Progress Okoroafor, in his sermon  earlier with the theme ”being a living sacrifice in a conflicting world” urged Christians to present themselves holy and acceptable to God.
Taking his text from Romans 12 verse 1 following, he said they should not conform to the pattern of the world, rather should be transformed by the renewing of their minds, adding that it was in this circumstance would they be able to offer themselves an acceptable sacrifice before God.
On the theme of the sermon the cleric explained that sacrifice implies offering  oneself voluntarily, whereas conflict connotes a situation of resistance and opposition.
Rev Okoroafor  pointed out that the system of the world was in conflict with the plan of God, and advised Christians to be conscious of this so they do not lust after it. He also explained  that though being in the world they should not conform to  the pattern of the world as in the system of the world people  were engulfed in immortality, adultery, same sex union, fashion and culture, which were not in conformity with Christian precepts.
The clergyman regretted that some parents were unable to correct their children but like the prodigal son should aspire to get them back to God as the Lord is ever willing to accept them.

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