By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Dec. 7, 2020 (MOI) An unprecedented number of dignitaries attended the Thanksgiving Mass and Bazaar of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia on Dec. 6.
Top personalities who graced the occasion include Gov. Willie Obiano, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, alongside his supporters, the Speaker, Anambra House of Assembly and other lawmakers converged for thanksgivings.
Others are Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, Group Managing Director Fidelity Bank PLC, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, 21 LG Transition Committee Chairmen led by Ashia Nnabuife as well as Commissioner for Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne.
The rest are Anambra Head of Service Barr Harry Udu, Chairman Eke Awka Market, Ozo Jude Agummadu as well as some political appointees.
In a speech at the event, Gov. Obiano said that thanksgiving was to offer gratitude to God that He commanded us to observe.
“Thanksgiving, reminds Christians of what they have and the blessings they have received from God.’’
The Governor was represented by Chief of Staff, Chief Primus Odili.
Prof. Soludo said that there was no accident in the Divine mind, stressing that they all came to thank God, who knows the end from the beginning.
He prayed that the candle of leadership given to our governor, APGA Chairman would continue to blossom.
Soludo, who wishes to be a gubernatorial aspirant in the 2021 under the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), said that God willing, that he would come back to thank God for His blessings around this time next year.
National Chairman APGA, Chief Victor Oye said that he was appointed Chairman, Bazaar Committee since 2007 and remained to date.
According to him, when he was appointed by the then Parish Priest, Jonas Benson Okoye around 1am, he refused and sleep eluded him.
He recalled, however, that when he eventually accepted the job, no fewer than 135 persons volunteered to work with him, out of which only 55 persons were selected.
“I said then, that none of the members will die, while serving and to the glory of God, the committee has not lost a soul ever since.’’
Oye explained that St. Matthew was a “Miracle Centre’’, as Bishop Okoye served here as parish priest for six years and there was a prophecy that he would be a bishop.
He said that six months after leaving the parish, he was made an Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese.
“I was not APGA National Chairman when I became the chairman of Bazaar Committee in 2007; it was during these eight years of uninterrupted service, that God promoted me to next level as the National Chairman of the great party.
He recounted other miracles and enjoined others to key into it and receive God’s blessings.
Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Okoye commended Chief Oye for his humility.
Bishop Okoye said that when Oye became National Chairman APGA that he thought he would relinquish the former post but he emphasised that God’s work ought to come first.
The prelate prayed to God to continue to bless Oye and other members of the committee, noting that their selfless service was what transformed the parish.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. Stephen Okeke called all to be harbingers of God’s message to keep putting smiles on people’s faces, especially this period.
Fr. Okeke preaching on the Bazaar theme: “Harvest of Faith’’, said that our ancestors were worth God’s approval because of faith, noting that without faith, we were day dreamers.
He said that the occasion offered all the opportunity to make a leap of faith to gain what everyone was looking for.
“Your expectations may not have been fulfilled, some of you lost your jobs, if you are looking for an important person to touch your life, bring gifts to God and receive His rewards.’’
The cleric emphasised that Faith, Hope and Charity were theological virtues, explaining that life was driven by hope, noting that without them, our Christian living was nothing.
Parish Priest of the parish, Rev. Fr. Michael Onwukike extolled the Bazaar Committee chairman for his humble service to the Church, even as he commended the committee for their sacrifices.
Fr. Onwukike thanked the invitees for their support and solidarity with the National Chairman of APGA. He then, prayed to God to meet each of them at their points of need. (MOI)