Independence Church Service : Obiano, Bishop Ibezim call for Prayers for Nigeria

Independence Church Service : Obiano, Bishop Ibezim call for Prayers for Nigeria.

Obika Chidiebele.

The Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano has called on the citizens of Anambra State to pray for Nigeria. He made the plea during a church Service for the 58th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, held at The Cathedral Church of St. Faith, Awka, Anambra state.

‘This is not the time for division, we need to unify the people which will afford us the opportunity of fighting our common enemy. We need to pray for God’s intervention and guidance in Nigeria. Whoever sues for division is an enemy and should be fought, Obiano said. Nigeria secured independence from her colonial master, Great Britain on 1st October, 1960. Great Britain had in 1914 amalgamated the Northern and Southern provinces of what came to be known as Nigeria today. The rising tension and calls for freedom from the Nigerian elite and Traditional rulers paid off in 1960 when Nigeria became a sovereign nation.

The Church service was officiated by two Bishops; Rt. Rev. Dr. Alex Ibezim, Bishop of Awka Diocese and Bishop Johnson Ekwe, Bishop of Niger West and other priests. The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, Hon. Justice Peter Umeadi, Chief Judge of Anambra State, His Honour, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government, commanders of security agencies, top government functionaries were in attendance.

Bishop Alex Ibezim in his sermon declared that Nigeria will not disintegrate. “We thank God for giving us Nigeria. We are proud to be Nigerians. The number of people blessing and praying for Nigeria is far larger than those cursing her”, he reiterated.

The Bishop while drawing reference from the first reading, 1 Chronicle, 4: 9-10, taken by Obiano, said that Nigeria needed honourable leaders like Jabez. “May God visit us and wipe our sorrows away. Nigeria is currently living in sorrows. May God wipe them away for us”, he said.


Decrying the high insecurity in the country, Bishop Ibezim said we were celebrating in sorrows. He was grateful to God that Anambra is blessed beyond borders, that she is shielded from the security challenges plaguing the country. “If you are a politician, and you are occupying a position not meant for you, resign now or you suffer”, the Bishop admonished.

He urged Gov. Obiano to step up on his agricultural programs saying that there was too much hunger in the land. The Bishop rounded off with a biblical quote from the book of Romans 8:37, which says, “In all these things, we are more than conquerors”.


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