Archbishop tasks parents on Igbo language

By Emma Onumah

The Archbishop of Aba Province, and Bishop of the Diocese of Umuahia, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Most Rev. Ikechukwu Nwosu, Ph.D, has challenged all Igbo speaking Councils of Knights, to use Igbo Language, their mother tongue, in -conducting their councils’ meetings/ and to even use same medium, to communicate with their children at their respective homes, in order not to lose the children to the adverse effects of foreign languages and culture.
The Archbishop, who gave this challenge while addressing a one-day special meeting of the Aba Province Joint Council of Knights (JCK), with the President -General, National Joint Council of Knights, Sir Gabriel Ike Oduah, JP;, asked the Knights, to endeavor to be progressives in both the church and society, exhibiting acts of discipline and extending love and friendship to one another, at all times, irrespective of their political affiliations.
According to the Archbishop, there is need for the National Joint Council of Knights (JCK), to pursue unity, love and peace, so as to remain together, like a bunch of broom which, when tied together, he said, will be very difficult to break into pieces at a time.
Archbishop Nwosu, who gave a hint, to retire from active church work before the end of this year, described knights as ambassadors and soldiers of Christ, who should ensure that the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, continues to move forward, irrespective of obvious threats, killings, kidnapping and all forms of victimization being meted out to Christians by members of the opposite religion in the country.
The Umuahia Diocesan Bishop, thanked the President-General and his Team, for finding time to come on such a trip, and advised them not to relent in their love, peace and reconciliation mission in the entire Councils within the Anglican Communion.
Earlier in a brief address of welcome, the PG, Sir Gab Oduah, JP, had underlined the importance for Knights to be united, love one another, as well as extend such love to their Diocesan Bishops, as their Superiors, stressing the need for the Bishops, to also return same love to the Knights, as members of their flock.
The PG, who is also the President of Owerri Council, noted that, if a ^peaceful serenity exists in every council, it would enable the Council to have a common front to fight any perceived enemy, or religion, that is working ceaselessly to destroy or eradicate Christianity, in Nigeria and other pans of the world.
Sir Gab, who renewed his preaching and campaign for reconciliation between some Bishops and their Councils of Knights, and knights, taking their fellow knights to court, expressed the hope that, if they allow the spirit of the living God to dwell in them, as His children, any intending agent of destabilization would not succeed.
The PG, used the opportunity to express gratitude to the Archbishop for his support to the Knighthood, especially when    the Umuahia Council became the PG of the National of JCK, and prayed God to continue to use him as a veritable instrument for promotion of evangelism and church planting, even after his retirement.
Much earlier, the Umuahia Council’s President, Sir Chijioke Odimuko, on of his Council and the entire Aba Provincial Council of Knights (APCK), extended a warm welcome to the PG and his team of national officers, in what he described as auspicious occasion of their visit to the Aba Provincial Council of Knights (APCK).
The APCK Chairman, who thanked God for journey mercies granted to the PG and his team, used the occasion to congratulate the Owerri Council, for successfully hosting the 21st JCK Delegates Conference in November last year. He highlighted some of the achievements recorded by the APCK under his tenure to include, regular interaction with their Diocesan Bishops and said it has made the APCK enjoy tremendous recognitions, encouragement, and goodwill from the Bishops in the Province, which, according to him, has led the Aba Province Bishops, to be “Knights-friendly”, and that the knights now make effective participation and support at various Diocesan Synods.
However, he added, the APCK has some challenges, such as huge indebtedness by members. This ugly situation, according to him, is adversely affecting the Province in meeting up their financial obligations to the National JCK and the running of their councils.
He also spoke of indiscipline among members, poor attendance at meetings, improper dressing, including the crisis at Ukwa Council which, he said, is already known to the National JCK.