By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Imo State Chapter, has assured Imolites that the church will partner with political parties and the government to realize God’s plan for Imo State.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the end of the 2019 guber debate organized by the Association in Owerri last Monday.
He assured Imo people that the Church will rise to its responsibility of ensuring that development and social welfare through good governance do not elude the people.
“The Church has been sleeping, the church need to rise to the leadership issues in the land. The Church will henceforth form the fourth tier of the government”, the Prelate hinted.
Bishop Oparah, who is the chairman of the Planning Committee of the event, promised that the church will ensure the enthronement of good governance in Imo State.
The Prelate said that “God is interested in Imo State and He will choose a leader for us”.
He expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the aspirants, adding that it is a sign of maturity and good values.
“We have just started, our joy will be full after the election results have been announced”, Bishop Oparah said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of CAN in Imo State, Apostle Godson Ifeanyi Ibeji, explained that the importance of the debate cannot be over-emphasized.
“What they have said here today can change the minds of people”, Apostle Ibeji said.
He opined that some of the candidates who participated in the debate can make good governors of elected; stressing that leadership is all about using people to achieve results.
The CAN chairman advised Christians to vote according to their conscience and warned them not to be guided by money or fear. He expressed confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Director of Women & Youth, CAN Imo State and a member of the Planning Committee, Barr. Oluchukwu, also called on Christians, especially women and youths, to vote wisely for their future; pointing out that women and youths form the greater percentage of the electorate.
The debate which took place at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri had a good number of the gubernatorial candidates from various political parties in attendance.
Some of those present include Okey Eze (SDP) Ike C. Ibe (ID) Linus Okorie (YPP) Uchenna Ibe (DPC), Alloysius Osuji (MAJA), Chidi Ofoegbu (PPC), Mrs. Chidi Ogbuta (AAC) among several others.