Catholic Bishop lauds Ugwuanyi’s developmental strides
*Offers prayers for governor at Mum’s thanksgiving mass
By Steve Oko
The Catholic Bishop of Awgu Diocese, Enugu State, Most Rev. John Ifeanyichukwu Okoye, has lauded the developmental strides of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing him as “God’s servant who is striving for the good of the people of the state.”
Bishop Okoye, who spoke while offering special prayers for Gov. Ugwuanyi, at the Thanksgiving Mass for his aged (bishop’s) mother, Ezinne Ekedimma Okoye, held at St. John’s Pro Cathedral Church, Owelli, Awgu Local Government Area, asked God to give the governor more grace and wisdom to continue to accomplish his peace and good governance initiatives for the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The bishop, according to a statement by Louis Amoke, also asked God to give the governor the Holy Spirit and uphold his vision for the people, saying: “Since he is striving for the good of the people of Enugu State and beyond, satisfy his heart’s desires; everywhere he ventures into, let him prosper”.
While expressing confidence that the governor will fully actualize his sound vision for Enugu State, at the end of his tenure, the bishop equally asked God to “give him a strong faith, hope and good heart that will help him accomplish his task”.
Bishop Okoye, who appreciated God for His mercy and kindness on his mother, added that “it is by your (God’s) direction that we all have gathered here to give you praise for what you are doing for our mother”. He therefore prayed for her good health and long life.
The bishop also thanked those who came to celebrate with his family, especially the Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Most Rev. Dr. Francis Okobo, Gov. Ugwuanyi and his counterpart from Anambra State, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and a host of others.
During the prayer of the faithful at the Mass which was celebrated by many priests, the Diocese thanked “God for the blessing you gave to Enugu State through the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.