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Gov. Bello inaugurates church building, charges youths against ethnicity, religious bigotry



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By Friday Idachaba

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has inaugurated a newly constructed 600-seater auditorium with a charge on youths to relate across barriers and boundaries of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class for overall advancement of the country.

Bello made the call during inauguration of 600-seater auditorium constructed by Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation for United Evangelical Church (UEC), Inele-Ugo in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State on Saturday.

Represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onojah, the governor said only through unity of purpose devoid of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class divisions would the desired socio-economic and political advancement of the country be guaranteed.

“We desire to have our young people relate across barriers and boundaries of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class. This is the government’s desire always.

The governor commended the Foundation for sowing into the spiritual life of the community in rising to address their yearning to have a quality worship centre.

“The quantity or volume of what you sow does not really matter but it is the quality and the heart you sow it from that matters”, he said and commended the President of the foundation and his international partners for the gesture.

“We must thank and appreciate our young brother, Enemona Gabriel Onojah for allowing God to inspire him and for yielding his heart to that inspiration to do what has been destined that he should do at this point in time.

“Many people get inspired by God but very few people go on to obey God’s inspiration. You have done this and it is counted to you for righteousness”, he said.

President of Enemona Josh Foundation, Amb. Gabriel David Onoja, in his address called on Nigerians especially, the clergy, to pray for the peace, unity, development of Nigeria especially against the economic security situation of the country.

He said that with the building and commissioning of the 600-seat capacity Inele-Ugoh UEC church, a mosque in Kogi Central alongside his various humanitarian gestures across the state, his heart desire to address socio-economic and religious challenges of the people were being achieved.

“As a young boy who passed through well-defined and sophisticated suffering and First-class hunger growing up, I know what it means to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisioners, provide for the widows, orphans and the poorest of the poor among us.

“To be there for the weak and rejected persons in the society is a task I am committed to as long as I live on this Earth.

“The major push factor for crimes and criminalities by our youths is idleness. When a productive mind is indolent, it becomes fertile for destructive activities”, he said

Onoja noted that the Foundation had over a few months back engaged over 1,000 youths directly or indirectly in artisanal mining activities in various Mining sites across Kogi state.

The foundation President said hinted that over 500 would be engaged in vocational training programmes in the next phase of enrollment appealed to Governor Bello for the state government to intervene.

He appealed to the state government to assist in the provision of Mining equipment like tractors, pay loaders, trailers among others to enable engagement of more youths in Mining sites.

In his goodwill message, leadership of the United Evangelical Church (UEC), Rev. Dr Samuel Ebukiba represented by Rev. Akor Abraham, Chairman, Northern States Area Conference, commended Onoja and family for adhering to God’s instructions to build the church.

Ebukiba however appealed to other well-meaning wealthy and rich Nigerians to emulate Amb. Onoja as a model in humanitarian interventions for poverty alleviations, care for the aged, orphans and widows.

In his exhortation titled: “Because You Have Done This”, Very Reverend Anthony Okoliko, Director of Social Communications, Idah Catholic Diocese said the shortest route to God’s heart was Charity.

He said that every action had commensurate or equal response adding that it would be ecologically erroneous not to sow and expect to harvest saying that whatever we have is for the purpose of impacting others. I am because you are.”

Co-founder of Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation, Apostle Yahousha Burrel, from USA said he was sent to Nigeria on prophetic instruction adding, “I stand here today with representatives from Jamaica, USA and UK.

“And the instruction is being fulfilled today through the Foundation spreading the gospel and giving hope to the hopeless”, he said.

The Nigerian Pilot reports that the commissioning was preceded by a dinner night on Friday at Anyigba for foreign partners and Co-founders of the foundation

The foreign partners include 87-year-old Briton, Merlyn Borotha Johnson from United Kingdom; Apostle Yahousha Burrel, USA and Tanya Burrel, Jamaica, who commended the determination of Onoja to advance the frontiers of the Kingdom of God in Nigeria through philanthrophy.

Highlights of the commissioning ceremony was the special rendition of songs by famous gospel singers, Dr Elijah Abalaka, Sis. Abigael Omonu, UEC Choir and Choristers from Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba. (Ends)

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Gov. Uzodinma, Ihedioha, Amuchie top list of dignitaries for 2024 Mbaise Diocesan Synod




Rt Rev Chamberlain Ogunedo, Bishop Diocese of Mbaise
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By Obinna F. Nwachukwu, Abuja

The 2024 second session of the Eleventh Synod of the Diocese of Mbaise Anglican Communion is billed to hold at the Immanuel Anglican Church Amumara, Ezinihitte Mbaise from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th May, 2024.
Among dignitaries expected to grace the event are, Imo state Governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, his predecessor in Office His Excellency Rt. Hon. Sir Emeka Ihedioha, Executive Director with Fidelity Bank Plc Sir Stanley Amuchie

Other dignitaries include, the Chief Executive Officer Igwebuike Foundation Dr. Felix Enogwe, Sir Chibu Enwereuzo, members of the Council of Knights, Synod delegates drawn from the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese, Bishops and Archbishops from other Dioceses and prominent sons and daughters of Amumara, the host community

In a statement issued by the Synod Planning Committee led by Sir Chidi Madugba it said the theme of the 2024 Synod is “The Perils of Over Confidence’ taken from 1st Corinthians chapter 10 verse 12 of the Holy Bible.
Highlights of the Synod according to the planning Committee include;  Bible Study, Presidential Address by the Diocesan, Rt. Rev Chamberlain Ogunedo, consideration and approval of reports from the Diocesan Board, the Archdeaconries, Parishes and statutory committees of the Diocese, Bishop’s courtesy call on the traditional rulers of Amumara, as well as cutting of the Synod cake.

The last day being Sunday 26th May will witness Synod Thanskgiving Service and Launching of a N100million Diocesan project support fund and return of Synod Torch.

In the Anglican Church, Synod is the highest governing and legislative meeting of the 3 Houses in the Diocese, namely, – The House of Bishop, The House of Clergy and The House of Laity. The Synod delegates discuss and take decisions on doctrine where there is an issue, on administration and governance of the Diocese and parishes. Synod delegates also discuss matters of the nation and the land which have effects on the church and the people.

Research findings show that constitutionally, the quorum for synod include, The Diocesan Bishop representing the House of Bishop,  the clergy of the Diocese representing the House of Clergy and elected, appointed and nominated lay members representing the House of Laity. The Diocesan Bishop is the only member in the Diocese representing the House of Bishop. All other invited Bishops present at the Synod including those invited to preach and lead Bible Study cannot be included in the roll call of the House of Bishop of that Synod. If the Diocese has Suffragan Bishops then they join with their Diocesan Bishop in the House of Bishop. The Diocesan Bishop presents a special Address during Synod which is called Bishop’s Charge or Presidential Address since the Bishop is the President of Synod.

The Bishop’s Charge or Presidential Address normally has these essential contents which are, Synod Prayer , Bible Exposition on the Theme of the Synod, Discourse and remarks on worthy local, national and global issues, Report of the progress made in the Diocese, Highlight of challenges within the Diocese and possible direction on how to handle them as well as projections into the future of the Diocese

The Anglican Diocese of Mbaise, Imo State is one of 12 within the Anglican Province of Owerri, itself one of 14 provinces within the Church of Nigeria.  

The diocese was inaugurated on 30 November 1992, the inaugural bishop being Rt Rev Cyril Chukwuka Anyanwu who died in 1999, and was succeeded by Rt Rev Bright Joseph Egemasi Ogu. The current bishop Rt Rev Chamberlain Chinedu Ogunedo was consecrated Bishop on 21 February 2010.  He ascended to the Episcopal throne of Mbaise at his enthronement on Sunday 28th of February, 2010.
Rt  Rev chamberlain was made a deacon in1998 and priested in 1999 by His Lordship Rt. Rev (Prof.) Augustine Iwuagwu.

He  became a Canon in the year 2002 by Rt Rev Prof. Augustine Iwuagwu and collated an Archdeacon in the year 2008 by His Grace, Most Rev Ugochukwu Uwaoma Ezuoke. 

Before his election as the Bishop of Mbaise in January, 5th   2010, he had served variously as Chaplain to the Bishops of Aba, Rt Rev Prof Augustine Iwuagwu and Rt Rev Ugochukwu Ezeoke respectively and was occupying the position of Archdeacon on Special Duties of the Diocese of Aba during the bishopric of Most Rev Ugochukwu Uwaoma Ezuoke at the time of his election.

Rt Rev Chamberlain Chinedum Ogunedo is an astute Theologian, an Evangelical Maestro, a visionary leader, a seasoned Administrator, a distinguished academia, a teacher of the word and a prayer warrior. He is committed to service and believes strongly in decency, transparency and accountability. He is the Patron of Anglican Youth Fellowship Nigeria and Grand Patron of the Boys and Girls Brigade Nigeria – Mbaise Joint Council.
His tenure has witnessed great improvements in both spirituality and infrastructural development in the Diocese

Rt Rev Ogunedo is married to Mrs. Oluchi Uloma Ogunedo and the marriage is blessed with  Godly children

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Eid El Fitri: Akpabio celebrates with Muslims, Urges prayers for peace, unity




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President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has sent out a message of congratulations to Muslims in Nigeria for the successful end of 30 days Ramadan fast.

He also wished them all the blessings as they celebrate the feast of Eid El Fitri.

Akpabio’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh.

“On behalf of my family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and indeed the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I heartily rejoice with all the Muslims in Nigeria as they join their counterparts in other parts of the world to celebrate Eid El Fitri.

“I wish all of you a peaceful and sweet celebration and pray the Almighty God to grant your heart desires”.

The Senate President urged Muslims to continue to offer prayers for peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria saying, “Islam is a religion of peace and if its adherents go to God in prayer with sincerity, He will surely answer.

“I therefore ask you to pray for your leaders and the peace and unity of our dear country. I believe with your prayers, Nigeria will overcome its current challenges.

“Wherever you find yourselves, radiate the peace that Islam preaches and the love and care for the less privileged that Prophet Muhammad exemplified”

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Senator Echocho felicitates with Muslims at Eid-El-Fitr




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The Senator Representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isah Jibrin (Echocho), has sent a message of felicitations to Muslim faithful on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

Special adviser on Media to the senator, Mikail Ibrahim in a statement quoted the senator to have urged the Muslims to celebrate the Sallah in love, and unity across all communities.

Echocho who described the Ramadan period as being stressful said it is deserving, because it is the only period for spiritual reflection on the need to mortify the flesh in sincere sacrifice and supplications to Allah.

He added that, Ramadan symbolises Allah’s way of teaching humanity on virtuous living, where people keep away from all forms of comfort to appreciate what the less privileged experience and deprivation they suffer daily.
He tasked Muslims to extend the lessons of Ramadan to their daily lives and their relationship with their neighbours.
“Let’s seek peace at all times and promote unity of purpose in our society” the Lawmaker demanded.

He prayed that the celebration may usher in sustainable peace every home, Kogi East Senatorial District, Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

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