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Hard times await erring Ikeduru knights

By Nick Chibunna
It will no longer be business as usual for erring members of the Council of Knights, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, as appropriate sanctions await such members.
The Acting President of the  Council, Sir George Iwuchukwu (JP), read the riot act while fielding questions from Christian Voice after delivering his Presidential address at the 2018 Chapter meeting of the council held at the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew Atta in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State.
He decried the non-challant attitude of some members and hinted that one of the major tasks of the present administration was to rid the council of incompetent and inactive members who have constituted a nuisance to the activities and programmes of the noble order.
According to him, a screening/revalidation committee is already compiling a comprehensive list of defaulters which will be forwarded to the Bishop, adding that if the list is approved, such members would be shown the way out.
Sir Iwuchuwku, who said that all hands must be on deck for the church to move forward, also pointed out that knights and ladies, as soldiers of the cross, have major roles to play in evangelicalism, infrastructural development of the Diocese, assistance to churches and Diocesan projects as well as moral support to the bishop.
Earlier in his address which he described “as a mixture of joy and sorrow” due to emotional pains inflicted on members as a result of the death of 14 knights President, Sir Gideon Ezeji, within the period under review, Sir Iwuchukwu thanked God for His awesome love and care towards his people.
He highlighted the activities and achievements of the council which included business meetings, joint council of Knights (JCK) meetings, various outreaches that brought succor to churches, knighthood investiture, participation in Diocesan, Synod, Men’s Conference, women’s conference as well as Ikeduru Diocesan stakeholders form among others.
Expanding on the theme of the 2018 chapter meeting entitled “Cast All your Cares on Him” (1 Peters 5:7), Sir Iwuchukwu urged Christians to always have faith in God.
He enjoined the faithful not to father despite the excruciating situation in our contemporary society, which he said is becoming very worrisome, stressing that God is still on the throne and equal to all tasks.
The Lady President, Lady Chinyere Nwankiti also presented her address in which she heighted the activities, achievements and programmes of the council and thanked God for his mercy and loving kindness.
Both Sir George Iwuchukwu and Lady Chinyere Nwankiti thanked the bishop Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike and his wife, Mrs Anulika Maduwuike (Nnedinma Ikeduru) for the opportunity given to them to serve and promised not to let the council down.
Dignitaries who graced the annual event included Sir Gab Oduah, President, Owerri Diocesan Council of Knights, Sir Uche Osoagba, President, on the Lake Diocesan Council of Knights, among others.

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