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query_builder June 17, 2019 16:43:58


By Uzo Ugwunze

Onitsha, June 17, 2019 (MOI) Former Anambra State Governor, Mr Peter Obi has urged clerics to shun corrupt politicians.

Obi made the call during tripartite celebration -- 70th birthday, 50th marriage and 48th priesthood anniversary of Bishop Dominic Onuigwe of National Evangelical Mission (NEM),  at Sharon Hall, Onitsha.

``Some clerics have deviated from their primary call of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, to becoming praise-singers of corrupt politicians.

``Such clergymen should look up to people like Bishop Onuigwe who never entered the ministry because of personal gains but because they have passion to save perishing souls.’’

Obi adds: ``Stop celebrating corrupt politicians. The only way the Church can correct the society is to point out evil and call it `evil’ ”.

The celebrator, Bishop Onuigwe while responding notes:  ``A pastor is a shepherd. He should not exploit the flock but build his ministry and message with love on the Rock, which is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Coordinator, Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM), Imo State, Rev. Dr John Eze described the celebrator as humble and accessible.

``No scandal has ever been associated with Onuigwe’s ministry,’’ he said.

Bishop Emmanuel Obiora of Life Assembly Mission said that Onuigwe was full of forgiveness.

``Onuigwe is respectful and tolerant. He keeps positive relationships and is a situation manager.’’

Bishop Patrick Osuji of Goshen Christian Assembly (GCA) called Bishop Onuigwe a father to fathers. ``He is one of my fathers, decent, dedicated, has a listening ear. In fact, he is a model.”

Other ministers who expressed their goodwill include Bishop Paul Nwachukwu of Grace of God Mission, Bishop Wilson Ezeofor of Bible Faith Mission, Jos and Bishop Ben Obiagwu of PHAD Gospel Church.

First son of the celebrator, Rev. Onuigwe Oluchukwu thanked the people that graced the occasion. ``We are happy to celebrate our father alive’’.