Anglican Prelate tasks FG on security, calls for prayers, spiritual sensitivity
By Uzo Ugwunze :
Nnobi (Idemili South LGA), June 30, 2020 (MOI) Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Dr Owen Nwokolo has called on the Federal Government to urgently address problems of insecurity bedeviling the country.
He also called for prayers and spiritual sensitivity as panacea to solve the myriad of problems facing mankind including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Nwokolo made the call during the 31st Synod of the Diocese on the Niger held at St. Simon’s Church, Nnobi, Idemili South LGA.
In a homily taken from the book of Galatians 5:16 with theme: ``Walk in The Spirit’’, the bishop emphasised the need for God’s guidance and direction in every field of human endeavour, including leadership.
``Human beings have insatiable needs. The lust of the flesh drives people to wallow in different kinds of vices and corruption to achieve their goals, which are sometimes negative.
``Any person who desires to walk in the spirit will receive wisdom from God on how to overcome challenges, temptations and achieve his God given goals without difficulty or displeasing God.’’
The Prelate also called on President Muhammad Buhari to prevail on his security chiefs to sit up in their duties of securing life and property of the citizenry.
``The insecurity situation in the country is alarming, ranging from killer herdsmen, Boko Haram, bandits resulting in kidnapping, extortion and bloodletting. The president should task his service chiefs or sack them.
``We also need fervent prayers to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic if there must be a solution.’’
Meanwhile, Nwokolo urges everyone to adhere to the NCDC preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Sub Dean All Saint’s Cathedral, Onitsha, Ven. Obiora Uzochukwu said the theme of the synod was timely, noting that Holy Spirit guidance was important for success in marriage, leadership, business and careers.
The host Vicar, St. Simon’s Church, Nnobi, Ven. Christopher Amaku referring to the bishop's sermon said that one could only walk in the spirit by being submissive to God.
``It is when you surrender your life to God that the Holy Spirit can come inside to direct and deposit the fruits and gifts for right living and service unto God,’’ Amaku said.
Chairman Synod Committee, Sir Simon Omekaodimma thanked God for providing good weather.
He also commended the faith of the Bishop, who was able to hold the synod successfully amid the pandemic as well as the congregation for observing COVID-19 protocols. (MOI)