Bishop Johnson Ekwe of Diocese of Niger West, other Anglican bishops advocate for peace in Umueri, Aguleri hostilities, bless Igwe Emeka

  Igwe (Sir) Ben Emeka and his wife, lady Chinwe Emeka

  L-R: APGA National chairman, Victor Oye, BOT member of APGA, Dr. Tim Menakaya, Anambra state chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Okeke Ogene and others.
 Igwe Ben Emeka and some bishops in a group photograph shortly after the thanksgiving service.
 Bishops and clergy praying for successful reign of Igwe Ben Emeka in Umueri
 Rivers State choir group during the thanksgiving service
  Chief Mike Udah and other Umueri cabinet members
 Former Health minister, Dr. Tim Menakaya, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu and others at the church
  Bishops at the altar, receiving Igwe Ben Emeka and his family during the thanksgiving service of his successful election and coronation as Umueri monarch.
 Some Asho-ebi women at the thanksgiving service
 Some traditional rulers at the thanksgiving service. reports that Anglican Bishops across Archdiocese on the Niger led by the Anglican bishop, Diocese of Niger West, Rt. Revd Johnson Ekwe and over seven others weekend, seek God’s intervention and enduring peace between Umueri community in Anambra East Local Government Area and her neighbouring communities.

Bishop Ekwe, in a sermon at the Cathedral Church of St. Gabriel, Umueri, during a thanksgiving service for the successful election and coronation of Igwe (Sir) Beneth Emeka, as the traditional ruler of Umueri kingdom, urged Christians to always seek peace in their lives and in the lives of their neighbours, which he said, is the only way to make heaven.

The thanksgiving service was attended by  seven Anglican bishops and over 40 clergy, traditional rulers including Igwe Chidubem of Umumbo, Igwe K.O Obialor of Amoka, CN Okpala of Akwueze, GO Ekwealo of Umuoba Anam, G.C Ajudu of Ukwala and Igwe (Prof.) Onuora Nwuneli of Igbakwu.

Other dignitaries in attendance are: the embattled national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye, former minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya, State chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Demian Okeke-Ogene, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Barr. Rita Maduagwu and over seven House members among other guests.

The homilist, Bishop Ekwe commended Umueri monarch, Igwe Ben Emeka for his thoughtfulness in giving thanks to God for his successful coronation, praying God to show him the way and the grace to lead his people in the right path.

“Thanksgiving is all about God’s sovereignty. When God gives us any opportunity, let us thank him for genuine thanksgiving opens door for multiple blessings.

“We should all endeavour to serve God’s purpose in our generation because it’s God that makes a king and he has provided an evangelist in the person of Igwe Ben Emeka, who in his magnanimity, build and donated the cathedral church of St. Gabriel for his people and many other things he is doing to aide evangelism in this diocese and beyond.

“We should all pray for him for God to give him and his family sound health, strength and sound mind to enable him exercise leadership over his people very well and fill their hearts with joy.

“It will be my greatest joy if his reign brings lasting peace between Umueri community and her neighbours” he prayed.

In his remarks, Igwe Ben Emeka thanked God for sparing his life and that of his family and for rancour free election to the throne.

“It may interest us to know that my people have no traditional ruler for more than 12 years and that tendered to hinder capable representation of my community in the Anambra State traditional rulers council for all this years.

“I am overjoyed for the consensus of interest which brought me in as the Okebo 11 of Umueri and this is a sign that everlasting peace that will enthrone massive and aggressive development of  my town and its environs is in view.

“I ask for your cooperation to enable me and my cabinet members to deliver on the mandate of attracting more developments and government attention to our community” he said.

A cabinet member and former aide to former Governor Peter Obi said with Igwe Emeka , peace and development would be for the asking of the community.

Bishop Johnson Ekwe of Diocese of Niger West, other Anglican bishops advocate for peace in Umueri, Aguleri hostilities, bless Igwe Emeka Bishop Johnson Ekwe of Diocese of Niger West, other Anglican bishops advocate for peace in Umueri, Aguleri hostilities, bless Igwe Emeka Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Rating: 5

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