Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State have been among the many dignitaries who graced the Opening Mass of the Second Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Nigeria (CBCN), held at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui, Enugu, on Sunday.
Prof. Osinbajo, who was ably represented on the occasion by Gov. Ugwuanyi, prolonged his heat felicitations to the Catholic Bishops.
Conveying Prof. Osinbajo’s message, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who additionally prolonged the reverential greetings of the federal government and good individuals of Enugu State to the Papal Nuncio, Antonio Guido Filipazzi, all of the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops, disclosed: “Our Vice President, an esteemed and urbane Statesman, is extensively acknowledged for his manifest follow of the Christian Religion and has requested that I convey his greatest needs for a really memorable Second Plenary Assembly of Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Nigeria”.
The governor, who referred to as for a minute silence in honour of the spouse of late Dr. Michael I. Okpara, the previous Premier of Jap Area, Mrs. Adamma Okpara, who died within the early hours of Sunday, identified that his administration, at inception, dedicated Enugu State to the Arms of God, including that “we have now continued to hunt His Arms in all we do”.
Whereas appreciating the Bishops for selecting Enugu State for the spiritually auspicious occasion, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked “the Catholic Church and your complete members of the Physique of Christ within the State and past for his or her unceasing prayers, sensible counsel, help and solidarity all these years”.
He assured them that his administration will proceed to serve the individuals of the state with the concern of God, expressing optimism that the non secular occasion will herald blessings for the federal government and folks of Enugu State.
Additionally in his goodwill message, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, who was represented by Most Rev. Buba Ali Lamido, requested “the Catholic Church to rely on us as we struggle the nice struggle” for the salvation of mankind, stressing that God will hear the message of the Church because of the Plenary Assembly.
Firstly of the Mass, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubueze supplied prayer for Gov. Ugwuanyi that God will proceed to offer him the energy to control the individuals of Enugu State.
In his remarks, the consultant of the Pope in Nigeria, Most Rev. Filipazzi, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for all the time cooperating with the Church in its work of evangelism.
In his vote of thanks, on behalf of the Bishops, the Bishop of Umuahia Diocese and Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for representing the Vice President and conveying his goodwill message to them.
The Bishop equally counseled Gov. Ugwuanyi for his presence on the event, goodwill message and hospitality, saying: “We’ve been privileged to have loved since we arrived the Coal Metropolis. His (Ugwuanyi) developmental strides in Enugu State since he assumed workplace because the Governor of Enugu State are very spectacular; please stick with it”.
In his tackle, the Chairman of the Opening Session of the Convention, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, narrated the assorted challenges being confronted by the nation and supplied recommendation on what the Church can do to successfully interact in rebuilding Nigeria.
Dignitaries on the occasion embody Francis Cardinal Arinze; the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke; the host Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga; the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; the Chief Decide of Enugu State, Hon. Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu; Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Sir Victor Umeh and his spouse, Prisca; Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji; and Hon. Dennis Amadi.
Others embody former Minister of Aviation, Amb. Mrs. Fidelia Njeze; Secretary to the Enugu State Authorities and Director-Common, South East Governors Discussion board, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya; the Deputy Chief of Employees, Authorities Home, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze and different members of the State Govt Council (EXCO); Particular Assistant to the President on Group Engagement, Workplace of the Vice President, Hon. Barr. Nkechi Chukwueke; the Chairman, Enugu State Conventional Rulers’ Council, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu; former Federal Everlasting Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa; the Chief Govt Officer (CEO), Odengene Airshuttle Companies, Chief Evarest Nnaji; and the Chaplain, Enugu State Authorities, Rev. Fr. Chinedu Ozoude, and so on.
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