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Bishop of the Diocese of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has counseled Ndigbo to pursue realistically their agitation devoid of mere narratives .He said  Ndigbo must rise up to the occasion and quickly come to terms with the present realities  confronting the zone in the Nigeria context.

Bishop of the Diocese of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has counseled Ndigbo to pursue realistically their agitation devoid of mere narratives .He said  Ndigbo must rise up to the occasion and quickly come to terms with the present realities  confronting the zone in the Nigeria context.


Bishop Okorafor who gave the advice during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emeabiam Parish at Christ Anglican Church  Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA, Imo State implored them to squarely address their  problems else they cannot succeed, not even the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra( IPOB) and its leadership can solve the problems of Ndigbo. While lamenting the lack of unity amongst them, he lashed at some of the group presently championing the struggle for the emancipation of Ndigbo for a recent altercation between them and advised that they should not dissipate energies, but appreciate the fact they were pursuing a common goal which were to confront their criminal oppressions, marginalization and subjugation as a race in the national polity. He maintained that until Ndigbo become united they would continue to be denied their position as a vital component in the Nigerian polity. Besides craving for unity he advised that Ndigbo should embrace economic ventures in which they have comparative advantage in their zone.  Bishop Okorafor urged Ndigbo to return to agriculture, assuring that with good and arable land in the South East they were sure to sustain themselves rather than lazing away and looking up to the North for virtually all their food needs.
The Bishop expressed worry that Nigerians and those in leadership positions at 57 were still fooling about in a country that has all it takes to be a great except lacking in visionary leaders who delight only in being applauded by sycophants.  He averred that Nigeria has to go back to the drawing board to fashion out policies that would genuinely address the critical challenges facing the country especially in the education sector. He said government should look at situations in which many of their leaders have their children studying abroad where the school calendars were guaranteed and students subjected to quality laboratory studies. He regretted that because the Nigerian education has deteriorated so greatly, Master degree holders from institutions in the country were subjected to further scrutiny and sometimes made to seat for examinations before proceeding for their desired courses. The Bishop urged government to sanitize the university system eliminating the practice of sorting and making sure that undergraduates were made to undertake realistic laboratory tutorials before graduation.
Bishop Okorafor was elated at the uncommon courage of 84 years Pa Ernest Anyanwu confirmed after his renouncement of membership of secret cult and Mr.  & Mrs. Okechukwu Njemanze who in addition got reconciled after being separated for over twenty years. The Bishop thanked the congregation of Emeabiam parish, the Vicar Rev Canon Daniel Emuka, his wife Mrs. Chiletem Emuka , Church workers and their wives for fishing out the good number of candidates presented into the five arms of the Church. He however regretted that the issue of lateness was still prevalent in the parish adding that they were only making a mockery of the most high God and warned that they may be late to heaven owing to this defect in their lives.
 In the sermon preached at the service the Bishop's Chaplain, Rev Progress Okoroafor urged faithful to embrace freedom in the Lord. In exercising this freedom he urged them to hold on to the great commandment, summarized in their love for the Lord their God and their neigbours with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their mind. He emphasized the need for them to treat others the way they would desire to be treated, because whatever yard stick and measure they adopt for others would be the same that would be applied to them. Rev Okoroafor admonished them to examine themselves dispassionately ensuring that they kept to the tenets of the scriptures.

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