By Nick Chibunna
Bishop Emmanuel Maduwike of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, at the weekend, took a hard look at the sordid state of affairs in the country and counseled the faithful to always trust in God “who is our refuge and present help in times of trouble”.
The Bishop was preaching at the thanksgiving service of the just-concluded 2018 Chapter Meeting of the Council of Knights of Ikeduru Diocese at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, last Sunday.
The prelate observed that the average Imo person’s name is now “sorrow”, considering that many of the people are now homeless and their sources of livelihood destroyed in the government’s urban renewal programme.
He continued: “Workers in Imo State are now short paid, pensioners are owed between 36 and 54 months of pension, youths are jobless and are without enabling environment to showcase their skill. The name of an average Imo person is now sorrow.”
Bishop Maduwike, who spoke on the theme Cast Your Cares on Him” (1Peter 5:7), said that problems, worries and cares were part of human experience and cannot be avoided.
The Bishop, noted for his constant show of compassion for the needy and the oppressed, said that God has an answer to all the problems if we take them to Him through prayers, adding that with God all things are possible.
He equally listed the average Nigerian’s worries to include the continued killings by the Fulani herders, the Boko Haram onslaught, falsehood emanating from the ruling class, marginalization of a section of the country, tribalism, favouritism, religious bigotry, among others.
According to him, God will save Nigeria from the hands of wicked rulers, as he saved Israel.
Earlier, at the opening of the Chapter Meeting, Rt. Rev. Maduwike, in his Bishop’s Charge, called on Ikeduru Knights and Ladies to live up to their calling.
While commending those who have made worthy contributions to the church, he charged the indolent ones to sit up.
He thanked the acting president of the council, Sir George Iwuchukwu, for keeping the flag flying since the demise of the former president, late Sir G.U. Ezeji and prayed that God would strengthen him and his executive committee.
He also thanked Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, whom he described as the Nehemiah of our time, as well as others, for their wonderful contributions to the growth of the diocese.
The high points of the event included the trooping of colours, the renewal of the mandate of the present council executive, cutting of the cake and presentation of distinguished Christian Knights Awards to Sir G.C. Maduwuba and Sir T.C. Anuchauka.
The thanksgiving service was conducted by the Council’s Chaplain, Rev. Canon Charles Mgbemene.
By Nick Chibunna