By Regina Igwebuike
Awka, March 16, 2021 (MOI) Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD) flagged-off the 2021Laity week in response to a wake-up call for all to ennoble the Word of God and to live in its light.
The event took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Awka on March 14.
In a Concelebrated Mass, Catholic Bishop of Awka, Diocese Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor said that Christian life must be illumined and guided by the Word of God, which expresses God’s intentions and expectations of humanity.
He said that the week offered all the opportunities to make up what they had failed to do.
Addressing the gathering on a theme: “Word of God: Dependable Light and Hope of Survival in Adversity’’, Ezeokafor said that the world was filled with difficulties and problems of different kinds, but one could find consolation only in the Word of God.
According to him reading the scriptures daily, not only enriches one’s soul but also provides one with solid answers to many life’s challenging questions.
The prelate decried the spate of insecurity in the country, saying that the theme was apt as the Word of God was only the remedy that would lift all from the depths of gloom to the joys of Divine Light.
Ezeokafor explained that vote buying had eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian politics, urging all to vote for credible leaders that would enthrone justice, peace and equity for development to thrive.
On Burial Law, he said that it had not been fully implemented, urging the government to be proactive to curb extravagant spending during burial ceremonies.
He also urged them to look at different tickets being sold in the state to avoid extorting the public by individuals that were not accountable to the government.
Wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu called on families to inculcate values in their children for a better society.
Osodieme, as was fondly known in the state was represented by Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Mrs Ify Obinabo, urged all who had reached the age of 18 and above yet to acquire Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) for the forthcoming elections in the state to do so.
She urged those within the voting age to come out en-masse to vote wisely, even as she urged them to say `no to vote buying’’, so as not to mortgage their consciences.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, Chief Whip and member representing Dunukofia state constituency in the Anambra House of Assembly said that this year’s Laity week called for all to embrace God’s Word as a source and paradigm shift in our lives.
Ezeudu said that the lectures would help the lay faithful to shun varied misinforming religious teachings and nourish their souls with more scriptures.
According to him, once a politician gives you money he has paid you for four years, emphasising that the majority of the electorate were guilty of mal-administration.
Chief Whip said Laity as pillar of the Church should courageously stand the ground in the face of injustice to bring the kingdom of God on earth.
Chaplain CLCNAD, Rev. Fr. Jude Ezeankwasa thanked His Lordship for his fatherly care and spiritual support to the council.
Prof. Pita Ejiofo, patron CLCNAD and a former Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and Chairman ‘Otu subakwa Igbo’ urged Laity to eschew corruption and say no to injustice.
Mr JohnBosco Onunkwor, All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra election urged Laity to be truthful at all times.
Earlier in an address, President CLCNAD, Mr Joseph Igwebuike said that the theme was chosen based on the current situation in Nigeria and encouraged all parishes to be alive to opportunities provided to them.
The president was represented by his Vice, Mrs Esther Obiorah.
He solicited financial support to enable the council to complete the ongoing secretariat project.
Sir Callistus Ilozumba, a former Commissioner for Works and Grand Patron CLCNAD delivered a lecture on the theme. March passed by the deaneries added glamour to the event. (MOI)