Bishop Okorafor calls for patience

Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has described the devastation Imo State face in the past years as “monumental” and  has, therefore, appealed to the people of the state to be patient with Gov. Emeka Ihedioha as he tries to rebuild the state.
Bishop Okorafor who made the plea during a church service at Umudibia Parish at St. Michael’s and All Angels Umudibia Nekede in Owerri West LGA, Imo State, was particularly irked by the state of roads.
He said that the roads within15 kilometers radius of Owerri, the State capital, were not just deplorable but death traps.
The prelate said that Owerri was noted for its perfect drainage system but had unfortunately started suffering heavy flooding in recent times.
Bishop Okorafor said that the bane of Nigeria was the lack of patriotic leaders, coupled with unpatriotic citizenry and wondered why the people of Imo stood by and watched the state decay in the eight years of the immediate past administration.
He urged Imo people to show some restraint when criticizing the present administration as it addresses the pitiable state of the state, stressing that Imo is in great ruins.
Bishop Okorafor, who was visibly distressed, said he would not stop talking about the challenges facing Nigeria until the issues were given their due and desired attention.
He asserted that until those leading the nation appreciated that Nigeria is their country and opt to love, cherish and be prepared to make sacrifices in its interest so would he continue to speak out on those challenges.
Bishop Okorafor also counseled the faithful to pursue all that makes for peace, ensuring that they were in good and peaceful relationship with one another.
He urged them to avoid living life of hatred and malice, while also enjoining them to be conscious that they do not impart hatred on their children. He further urged them to be considerate in whatever they were into ensuring that they positively affected their families.
The Bishop noted with regret that many parents have bequeathed to their children disputes that lasted after them and maintained that professed Christians should not be found in this act.
He urged them to treat others the way they would like to be treated, stressing that they would be able to live right with others if they eschew pride and arrogance, with a mindset to forgive their adversaries.
He pleaded with God the Father to forgive them. He advised faithful to emulate Christ in dealing with their adversaries. He was full praises to the Vicar, Ven. Ifeanyi Onyegecha, his wife Chinenye Onyegecha, the curates and their wives as well as other Church workers including the Parish Parochial Church Committee for the encouragement which  enabled the vicar and his team to fish out the number of candidates presented in the five arms at the service.