Call Nigerian leaders to order … Archbishop Okoro charges religius leaders

Most Rev. Bennett C.I. Okoro, Ph.D, the Anglican Bishop of Orlu, has expressed disgust at the shortage of good leadership in Nigeria, and in the world today.
Archbishop Okoro was delivering a sermon at the consecration service of six new Bishops and the presentation of an Archbishop at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s Asaba, Delta State.
He said that many leaders in Nigeria had not been doing what they ought to do and, therefore, reminded the bishops that it is their role to call these leaders to order and correct them in love.
The Prelate expressed sadness at the incessant killings and bloodshed in the land, as well as the unemployment situation in the country, urging the church leaders to speak up and address these issues.
The retiring Bishop of Orlu charged the newly consecrated bishops to do more of their teaching by example, adding that they should imitate Christ’s humble and selfless lifestyle.
He described the office of a bishop as a very sacred one that requires the anointing of the Holy Spirit and a very strong personal faith to serve.
While he warned them that persecution could come their way, he also urged them be disciplined and steadfast in God, remembering that their supreme aim is to do the will of God in Christ.
Archbishop Okoro pointed out that there will be talebearers and petition writers, but advised the new bishops to verify every information they get to avoid punishing others unjustly.
He stressed the importance of evangelism, urging the bishops not to be encumbered with administration to forget evangelism and church growth.
According to hi, emphasis on Bible study would help curb remour mongering and petition writing, explaining that members hardly attend Bible study and that is why they engage in ungodly practices.
At the service, the Bishop of Awka, the Most Rev. Alex Ibezim, was presented as the new Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical province on the Niger.
The six new bishops were Bishops Ndubuisi Obi for Nnewi, Seyi Pirisola of the Diocese on the Coast, Olugbenga Babatunji for Osun Diocese, Joshua Foluso Taiwo for Oke-Osun, Benjamin Chinedum Okeke for Orlu and Geoffrey Ibeabuchi for Umuahia.
In attendance to the consecration were the Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, the Dean, the Most Rev. Buba Lamido, Archbishops, Bishops and the House of Clergy, Legal Officers, among others.

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