By Emma Onumah
Knights and Ladies of all grades and formations have been reminded that their investiture into the Order of Knighthood, is not just a mere church title-taking, but a call to serve God, and a responsibility that borders on integrity.
The Priest in charge of St. Paul’s (Ang.) Church, Umuoyo II, Irete, the Revd Ikenna Achuko, gave the reminder at St. Peter’s (Ang.) Church, Irete Area, penultimate weekend, while delivering a paper at a Retreat, organised there by the Owerri Council of Knights of St. Christopher.
Rev. Achuko, whose paper was entitled “The Role of the Knights in Kingdom Expansion”, counseled the Knights and Ladies against getting involved in any act that would tarnish their image at any moment of their life, adding that, every eye is always on them, as leaders of the Laity in the Church, and that whatever they do or say speaks volume of them, positively or negatively.
He noted that, in this year of divine mission expansion, and always, they were expected to play a leading role in the planting of churches, promotion of works of evangelism, and helping to sustain the growth of churches in their places of abode and beyond, as they apply the principles of identification of where a church is needed, having an action plan for it, and following it up with execution of the project.
The Cleric, who is a Mathematician by profession, commended the Owerri Council for their distinction in character, word and deed, and enjoined them to always try to listen and obey the voice of the Master Jesus, as they pursue their daily means of livelihood.
Earlier in a homily entitled the Rehoboam of Our Time, the Irete Area Administrator, Rev. Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha, condemned the biblical Rehoboam, son of King Solomon, for not being humble and God-fearing in his days as a King, and noted regrettably, that leaders of his like abound in the society today.
Canon Onyinyeoma, posited that, a good leader must be disciplined, and firm, always seeking wise counsel and applying the “carrot and stick” theory in his leadership.
He urged the Knights, as heads of their respective families, not to split their families, by giving preferential treatments to some of their children, against the others, thereby causing a division in the family.
The Administrator warned: “Don’t be a Rehoboam or Rebecca of Our Time”, by running people down in order to win cheap popularity or for easy gains.
Adding his voice, the President of the Council, and President-General of the Joint Council of Knights (JCK), Sir Gab Ike Oduah, JP, expressed delight at the turnout of the members of the Council in spite of the on-going verification exercise of pensioners all over Imo State.
He used the occasion to remind members that a new Chapel would be opened at the Council’s Secretariat the next Sunday and urged them to be present to boost the historic occasion.