Diocese on the Niger, Angelican Communion, has passionately appealed to the victims of the Upper-Iweka – Ochanja fire to accept the disaster as an act of God and not to see it as the end of their lives.
Consoling the affected traders when the priests of the diocese visited the scenes of the fire, the Bishop on the Niger, the Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo, assured the traders that God is not ignorant of the present situation.
The bishop who was represented by a senior priest of the diocese, Vev. Obi Ubaka said that God always uses what people have to try them. He therefore enjoined them not to allow Satan to tempt them to commit suicide as result of the calamity.
He remarked that the burden of the fire is now a shared responsibility of both the church and the readers.
The bishop promised that among other things, the church would always remember them in prayers as well as offer them some material assistance adding that the church will not abandon them in the situation they now found themselves.
Also speaking, another senior priest of the diocese, Ven Josiah Offoegbu, urged the traders not to allow the problem to kill their spirit or make them curse God, advising them to hold themselves as faithful children of God.
The venerable also condoled the traders on the the deaths of those that allegedly died in the fire and prayed for the peaceful repose of the spirits deceased in the Lord.
Over 200 priests of the diocese were at the visit.