By Oginyi Nkechinyere
The Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Most Rev. Michael Nnachi Okoro, has commended Governor David Umahi for building a world class worship centre for God in the state.
Most Rev. Okoro gave the commendation on Sunday during the blessing of Christian Ecumenical Centre at Akanu Ibiam Junction, Abakaliki.
In a homily, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman and Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Dr Abraham Nwali, said the worship centre is a place of reconciliation, healing and unity in prayer for children of God in the state.
Fr. Nwali commended the Governor, pointing out that his construction of the Ecumenical Centre has lent credence to Jesus’ prayer in the Gospels that ‘the Church may be one’.
The blessing/dedication of the worship centre featured a special Thanksgiving service as part of events ushering in the Governor into his second term in office with dignitaries drawn from across the globe.
In his speech, the state Governor, Engr. David Umahi said would-be Exco members during his second tenure will be thoroughly screened by the Church and Security Agencies to ascertain that they don’t belong to any secret cult or society; which is one of the challenges facing the state and Nigeria in general today.
Umahi noted that the magnificent house of worship was a product of faith and grace; a fulfillment of part of the 5 -fold covenant he made with God in his divine mandate struggle in 2015.
According to him, the Ecumenical Centre was the work of the Holy Spirit, adding that it was God who inspired the design, and he also provided the finance and the strength to finish the project amidst serious economic challenges.
While appreciating CAN in the State for their prayers and support to his administration, Umahi solicited their collaboration to rid the State of cultism at all levels.
He emphasized that his administration would not give room for any cultist to serve in its ranks and also called on security agencies to join in enforcing compliance.
He said, “We cannot thank the Church enough for their love, support and encouragement. As I did from 2015, I will do even more in 2019. No man drew the edifice but it is an inspiration by the Holy Spirit.”
“The courage to start the project came from God, the money to do it came from God. Nothing is impossible with God.”
“Next appointees will go through the screening of the Church and the security agencies to ensure that they are not cultists. That will be the major qualification for appointment in the State henceforth. We will work with the Church to rid the State off cultism.”
The event featured, distribution of over 25 brand new latest Hyundai SUV vehicles to the State executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the bishops from the various CAN blocs as well the top-notch clerics of the Muslim community in the state and special rendition from different choristers.