The 10th anniversary of Bishop’s episcopate on Niger, La Rt. Rev. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo was held last Sunday at All Saints Cathedral in Onitsha, Anambra state. The event attracted dignitaries from politics, education, business and religion.
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Henry Ndukuba, represented by the Dean of the Church, Bishop Ali Buba Lamido, called on Christians not to be backbenchers in the church without doing anything positive for God, the church or mankind. He said that whatever they do, they should always keep the expansion of the gospel in mind, observing that some Christians have been in the church for years without any significant contribution.
He said, âNo matter how many years you’ve been in the world, if you haven’t made meaningful contributions you’ve lived a wasted life. It’s the good life that counts, not the number of years you live. Christians should remember that God does not bless sin, but righteousness. “
The Primate congratulated the celebrant for making the Anglican Church in Nigeria proud in the areas of evangelism, human development and infrastructure, among others, during the first 10 years of his episcopate. He also applauded Nwokolo for his humble character, which he said is necessary to serve God.
âGod is worthy to be served. You cannot serve God without humility. It is because of humility that we have gathered here to worship God, âhe said. âGod has used you and your wife for a great job in this diocese. God who brought you here will not forsake you. He will continue to empower you. The way you have raised your members spiritually and physically is highly recommended. ”
The clerk also congratulated the parishioners for their cordial relationship and their exemplary cooperation with the bishop, because without them the bishop could not have done much. He therefore urged Christians to always serve God faithfully and to be positive actors.
Sir IK Ejeluo, president of the organizing committee, explained that the team has deployed a catalog of the achievements of the episcopate of Nwokolo to include advances in spirituality, human development and infrastructure in the diocese.
Highlights of the ceremony included the launch of a âCompendiumâ containing some achievements of Bishop Nwokolo’s episcopate and the presentation of awards to 16 recipients, among others.
Those who received the awards were the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; Senator Andy Uba; Sir Dan Chukwdozie; Sir Chika Okafor; Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah; Sir Mike Nwakalor and Ing. Emeka Okwuosa.
The others are Evang. Prince CN Ukachukwu; Chief GU Okeke; Sir Samuel Anyanwutaku; Sir Vin Okoye; Chief Maduka Nwakwesiri; Chief Ebuka Okafor and Sir Nathan Ofoma, among others. The ceremony brought together more than 16 Anglican archbishops and bishops.