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Nigerians has been charged to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.
The Primate and Metropolitan Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh gave the charged at the Bishops court, Egbu, Owerri North L G A, Imo State, week end.

Nigerians has been charged to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.
The Primate and Metropolitan Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh gave the charged at the Bishops court, Egbu, Owerri North L G A, Imo State, week end.


Most Rev. Okoh who was in the Diocese to dedicate the Bishop's New House and Chapel as well as officiate at the 60th Birthday Anniversary of the presiding Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor observed that many Christians were not sufficiently informed about the importance of casting their votes during elections. In an emotion laden address the Primate regretted that many Christians at the Election Day stay in their homes and watch television. “Don't say it does not concern you. If you have any other thing to do that day, cancel it. Even if it rains cat and dog that day, come out and vote! It concerns history. It concerns you. The outcome of the election can decide whether the Church will be or not”, he stressed.
He prayed for a peaceful and credible election in the country.
Most Rev. Okoh gave the reason why the Church dedicates its buildings and other things used in Church services. According to the Primate, “ownership must change hands, there could authorities laying claims to the land, the buildings, but after the dedication they become God's property”. He prayed, declaring that the buildings be set apart from profane uses.
The Primate gave the assurance that God will bless all those who pulled their resources together to ensure that the edifices were built for the service of God. He advised individuals who contributed to the success story of the Church to note that their service was unto God and not to the Bishop, warning that such people should not terrorize the Bishop by trying to hijack his authority. He pointed out that God does not owe any person and will certainly bless them, but if they begin to expect their reward from the Bishop, God can ask them to return His own blessings upon them. He noted that there is no stationary position in the Church of God, adding that “it is either one is moving forward or backward”.
Most Rev. Okoh enjoined Christians to join in the forward match of the Church by most importantly not generating crisis in the Church. He maintained that an organization in a state of confusion cannot move forward. He also urged Christians to eschew pride and arrogance, stressing that pride and arrogance do not produce good fruits in the lives of individuals. “Pride goes before a downfall. Humility must be the garment we wear in the house of God for the prayers we offer, evangelism et cetera. If it is not so, pride and arrogance will set in” he warned. He thanked God for the lives of past, present and future workers in the Diocese and admonished Christians to play their roles in the Church and society accordingly.
The Primate also thanked God for the episcopacy of Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor, who turned 60 on the same day, and prayed that God should “guide him not to fail, fall orfalter in the discharge of his duties”.
In his speech the celebrant, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor on behalf of his family and members of the Diocese thanked the Primate for honouring him by accepting to officiate in the programmes. He promised to establish the Bishop Okorafor Foundation to cater for the needs of the poor in the 10th Anniversary of his enthronement.
Also speaking, the Chairperson of the Diamond Birthday Celebration and the dedication of the new Bishop's house and chapel, His worship, Chief Magistrate MaureenOnyewuotu expressed gladness over the vision of the Bishop in building a befitting Bishop's house. She noted that the old building which housed Bishops Cockin, Benjamin Nwankiti and Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam was built in 1960 and could no longer stand the taste of time.  Bishop Okorafor she said laid the foundation stone of the new Bishops House and Chapel on 28 March 2014 and thanked all who contributed to the success of the ceremony.
In attendance were the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma, Bishops,Bishop Emiratus  of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev  Emmanuel Uchechukwu Iheagwam and his wife, Mrs Adaku Iheagwam, the Chancellor of the Diocese Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze and his wife  Dr. Mrs Joy Njemanze,the Imo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Pascal Nnadi. The ceremony under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr. Chidi Uzoh  also had the wife of Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu the immediate past Deputy Speaker House of Representatives and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo governorship standard bearer, Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, and the immediate past governor of the state and Accord party standard -bearer, Dr.Ikedi Ohakim, among other bigwigs in various sectors in attendance. Members of the Fellowship of the Diocesan Royal Fathers led by the Chairman, HRH,Eze (Engr) Fredrick Nwachukwu were also present. Highpoints at the occasion included the presentation of a 4 by 4 2016 model, Toyota Highlander car as birthday gift by the Diocese to Bishop Okorafor, toast for the Diamond Birthday anniversary proposed by Sir ChukwumaEkomaru, SAN; and special renditions by the various choirs that attended the event.

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