By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Nigerian Judiciary has been charged to always discharge their constitutional responsibilities with the fear of God.
The Anglican Bishop of Okigwe South, Rt. Rev. David Onuoha, gave the charge while speaking during a courtesy visit to the chairman, management committee of Christian Voice Newspaper, Sir Barr. Chudi Onuzo, at his residence in Owerri on Wednesday.
He called on Judges in the country to see themselves as co-workers with God and to be mindful of their pronouncements.
The prelate, who was reacting to recent happenings in the country, especially the judiciary said, “I find it difficult to speak on court judgments judges deliver judgment based on evidence before them. With their mouth they pronounce death and someone will be killed. With their mouth they pronounce pardon and someone will be freed. God created the universe with words of His mouth. Judges are therefore Co-workers with God and must ensure that what they pronounce as judges represent the mind of God. They should remember that they too will appear before the judgment throne of the most high judge to be judged”.
He called on Christians to seek forgiveness from God for the havoc that have been done to the gospel, so that God will deliver them from the hands of their enemies.
Bishop Onuoha, who is the General Secretary of the House of Bishops, Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion) also stressed the need for Christians, irrespective of their denominations to come together as one body in Christ.
Earlier in his speech, the host, Barr. Chudi Onuzo decried the high level at atrocity going on in the country, most of them targeted at Christians.
According to him, the church should be in forefront of speaking against evil in the society.
Barr. Onuzo called on church leaders to rise to the challenge of defending Christianity.
He expressed gratitude to the bishop for the visit.
Adding his voice, a member of the concerned Church leaders forum, Evangelist Great Olugu, who was present at the visit said that Christians need God’s intervention in the face of the challenges they are passing through in the country.
He condemned killings, proposed Ruga settlement and intimidation of the judiciary.
Evang. Olugu expressed delight for the opportunity of interaction with the Bishop and thanked Barr. Onuzo for facilitating it .
He appealed to bishop Onoha to use his good offices to reach out to other church leaders on the need for Christians to unite to seek God’s intervention.