The chief chaplain of St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Rev. Fr. Nnaemeka Kelvin Ezeokeke, has charged leaders and people in various positions of authority in Nigeria to live up to the demands of their positions, and make a better society for the masses.
Rev Fr. Ezeokeke, who gave this charge in his homily of the Holy Mass at the chaplaincy, last Sunday, February 11, 2018, averred that people in positions of authority were expected to heal the environment and the society with their positions, and not to inflict pains on the people.
The Catholic priest, who based his reflections on the gospel of the Sunday, noted that just like Jesus Christ proffered solution to the pitiable condition of the leper, Nigerian society and its leaders were expected to proffer solution to the problems of the masses and make the society better.
He condemned the continued unconcern and unperturbed character which the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari had demonstrated towards the massacre of Christians in Benue State and other parts of the country by Fulani herdsmen. Fr. Ezeokeke maintained that good society got involved and proffered solutions to the problems of the masses and empowered the need, but in Nigeria, the reverse had been the case.
The chaplain, who further reflected on “How does one’s faith direct or influence his sense of Judgment in his position of authority”, as a theme, stressed the need for Catholics and Christians to allow their Catholic and Christian conscience direct their sense of judgment for a better society.
He commended the three Catholic governors of Anambra State- Dr Chris Ngige, OON; Sir Peter Obi, CON and the incumbent Gov. Wilie Obiano, who had in their various ways, changed the face of governance in the State for the better.
Pointing out that the trio of Ngige, Obi and Obiano were not enough for the massive work needed to be done for a better Anambra State, the Catholic priest charged the directors, commissioners, permanent secretaries, special assistants, senior special assistants, legislators and others, to ensure their faith influence their decisions positively for improved human and societal development.