58th Independence Anniversary: Corruption, Religious Intolerance Crippled Nigeria – Bishop Ibezim

Oct 11, 2018

Bishop Ibezim and wife Chioma flanked right by Governor Willie Obiano and wife Ebelechukwu as well as Bishop Ekwe and left by Anambra Chief Judge

By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

The Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, has blamed the inability of Nigeria to move forward in the past fifty eight years, on poverty, corruption, insecurity and religious intolerance.

Bishop Ibezim who disclosed this during a special Eucharistic Service for the 58th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, Awka, however said only prayers could salvage Nigeria from its present condition, especially now that there was a high level of insecurity, tribalism and marginalization in the country.

He however commended Governor Willie Obiano on his giant achievements in the state, particularly in the agricultural sector.

In his remarks earlier, Governor Willie Obiano charged Nigerians to work against violence and all forms of threats to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Governor Obiano while felicitating with Nigerians on the nation's fifty-eight Independence Anniversary, called on the citizens to pray for God's intervention in the 2019 general elections, which, he said, was a watershed that would determine the fate of the country.

The Governor expressed happiness that in the last one month, his administration launched the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme aimed at giving the people affordable and quality health care, noting that health was one of the key enablers of his administration.

The Governor announced that his administration, in conjunction with the Federal Government, had offered a lot of financial and material assistance to over fifty thousand flood victims in Holding Centres in the state.

He therefore urged good spirited Individuals to complement the state government's efforts by giving their own help to people adversely affected by flood as they still needed it.

The Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi; Her Exellency, Chief Mrs Willie Obiano and Bishop Ekwe, were among those that attended the event.

In a similar development, the Vicar of St. Mary's Anglican Church Nri, Reverend Canon Ruben Okafor, in his reaction, stated that Nigeria had nothing to celebrate as a nation owing to her worsening situation.

He said that citizens should use the period to seek for divine mercy and intervention on the country's predicaments.

The Vicar of Christ Redemption-Church Ezi-Awka, Venerable Dr Nnamdi Emendu, said the Church had remained an instrument of maintaining sanity, morals and peace in the last 58 years of Nigeria's nationhood.

Venerable Emendu further said those who trusted solely in God and kept his Commandments would never lack his blessings and protection, noting there was liberty in God.

Venerable Emendu regretted that some Christians only sought the face of God only when in difficulties and stressed that every true child of God would trust and follow Christ at all times, promote peace and live life filled with God's directives so as to maintain a stable society.

Also at Saint Philip's Anglican Church, Umuodu, Okpuno, the Vicar, Reverend Canon Rufus Ezeokolonkwo, said that Christ was the master protector of all without whom life would be meaningless, noting that Nigeria had been under God's protection in the last 58 years.

He charged all Christians to play their roles by following the path of Christ and be conscious of the way they lived their lives.



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