By Chukwudi Ikpe
Newly enthroned Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah Ph.D, has been advised not to be in hurry, but to make patience his watchword if he wants to succeed.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Ojo gave the advise in an interview with Christian Voice after Bishop Opara’s enthronement at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri last Monday.
He also advised him to always listen to his people, and be prayerful as well as trust in God.
“Patience, yes, patience is the keyword. He should be patient and not rush. He should listen to his people, go to God in prayer and trust in God. That way, everything will be going quietly”, he said.
Rt. Rev. Ojo, who is the Bishop of Ijumu Diocese in Kogi State, described the new Bishop as qualified and well known to him.
“We started together in Uyo, lived in the same house and shared everything together. He is qualified”, Bishop Ojo added.
Also speaking, the Archbishop of Owerri Province and Bishop of Ideato Diocese, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma, enjoined the new Bishop to remain faithful in the Lord so that he will be able to steer the Diocese forward.
The Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, who supervised the affairs of the Diocese prior to the enthronement of the new Bishop, pointed out that it was not easy but expressed satisfaction at completing the assignment.
“I feel complete and satisfied. The Lord is still on the throne. It was not easy managing two Dioceses at the same time, not so easy. But we are happy that a new Bishop has been elected, consecrated and enthroned”, Bishop Maduwike said.
He advised the new Bishop to ‘love his people and let his people love him’.
Also the Bishop of Aba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Christian Ugwuzo, pointed out that there is no institution without rules and cautioned the new Bishop to play the game according to the rules.
He urged Bishop Oparah to put his trust and confidence in God, adding that he should make faithfulness, honesty and sincerity his watchwords as well as render selfless service.
Over 20 Bishops were in attendance at the occasion.