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The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese and the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna has warned the Imo State Governor-elect, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy, Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona to beware of sycophants and occultic men who will come around them for distraction and urged them to serve Imo people in humility and love of Christ. Archbishop Obinna gave them warning in his sermon at the interdenominational church service held in honour of the Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona at Grasshopper’s International Handball Stadium Owerri on Sunday.

The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese and the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna has warned the Imo State Governor-elect, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy, Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona to beware of sycophants and occultic men who will come around them for distraction and urged them to serve Imo people in humility and love of Christ. Archbishop Obinna gave them warning in his sermon at the interdenominational church service held in honour of the Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona at Grasshopper’s International Handball Stadium Owerri on Sunday.

He recalled the ordeal of Igbos in 1966 to 1970 during the Nigeria/Biafra War and how Igbos were humiliated, killed and sent home from Northern-Nigeria, said since then Igbos have been crying in the nation-Nigeria, experiencing one bloody-guilt and another, but thanked God that the recent election in Imo state has brought quietness and peace, hence Rt. Hon. Emeka needs wisdom to lead successfully Archbishop submitted. He continued by stating that Imo State needs a true servant leader both in the Governor and deputy to build in Godly way and to rebuild what has been broken down, hence to build quality roads, create jobs for teeming youths and not awaiting factory, factory, factory. The Catholic Prelate reinstated the need for a servant leader who will defend the state like late Sam Mbakwe, a servant leader who will not betray the state before other foreign countries in the name of selfish interest, hence urged those that were offend in one way and another to forgive and for us to start afresh to rescue our fatherland. In his remarks at the end of the service, the Governor elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha expressed gratitude to God and said light has begun to shine in Imo State as ‘we have come out of darkness and back to civilized state we used to be’. He attested the reality of God that answers prayers and urged Imo people to continue to pray till total victory is assured, noting how the stadium turned to place of refuse, said if they could fix back the stadium within two-weeks, assured of fixing Imo back to its pride of glory which need common interest to achieve greatness. Earlier in the service, the Governor-elect Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha read the first bible reading from the book of 2 Samuel 23:2-4 and his deputy, Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona read the second bible reading from James 3:13-18. Prayer sessions were taken by Archbishop of Owerri Anglican Communion, Archbishop Caleb Maduoma, Bishop Praise Centre Church, Bishop Stafford Nwaogu, Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Bishop Augustine Ukwuoma and Bishop of Mbaise Anglican Communion, Bishop Chamberlin Ogunedo. Others were His Eminence Godson Iheanyi Ibeji, CAN Chairman, Imo State, Rev. Dr. Monday Agouwa-Chairman of ECWA, Rev. Dr. V.S Isiodu and His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Emeka Kanu Uche JP Prelate Methodist Church of Nigeria. Imo Mass Choir and Chioma Jesus graced the service with songs and hymns, as Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu – General Overseer CRM and Bishop Chidi Oparaojiaku PhD- Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema Diocese Anglican Communion moderated the programmes and Rev. Abel U. Amadi made the opening prayer.

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