Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has counseled President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure Federal Character compliance in his appointments.
Okorafor bemoaned the explicit marginalisation of the South East, especially the Igbo in his recent appointments. The cleric, who made the painful revelations during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Umudibia parish at St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church, Umudibia in Owerri West Local Government , Imo State, advised the President to reflect on his inaugural statement on May 29 that, ”I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
He posited that by his appointments since inauguration the President has put to question the honesty of that statement, stressing that he has by the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, left no one in doubt of the direction of his administration.
The Anglican Prelate cautioned on the dare consequences of the maginalisation of the South East geopolitical zone in the nation’s democracy. He noted that the 2015 general elections were over and advised the President to see himself as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and not of a political party or any particular sections of the country. The administration he said should guide jealously the apparent good will it was currently enjoying among the comity of nations and refrain from any act that could culminate into the predicted 2015 disintegration of the country.
God, he said would not look kindly on anyone who instigates any sort of turmoil and chaos in the country, having shielded the nation from a bloody post-election crisis.
While acknowledging that the bane of the Igbo has been the lack of unity and the pull him down syndrome among them, challenged them (Igbo) to put away party difference and divides, get united in order to address the recent developments in the country as it affects the geo- political zone.
BIshop Okorafor also deprecated the reversal of the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri to its former status of a college of Education.
The Bishop who also decried the deplorable state of roads in and around Owerri, the state capital, appealed to the state government to address the state of these roads, making particular reference to the one leading to Umudibia,Nekede
The Anglican Prelate who observed that a good number of the cherished values and status of the Anglican Communion were being jettisoned, more importantly he decried the level of lateness among faithful noting that it was absurd to see people walking into Church after the sermon.
The Bishop commended the Vicar, Rev Canon Ifeanyi Onyegecha, his wife Chinoyerem, the clerics and other Church workers in the parish for fishing out the number candidates presented for admission. He also expressed satisfaction with the harmonious relationship among the workers as well as the progress made in their new Church building project and urged them to sustain the tempo.
Earlier in his homily the Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Progress Okoroafor perceived that the glory to be revealed to them as Christians would not be compared to the troubles and tribulations they were presently facing. He assured that it does not matter what their present situations were, their future would surpass them and be brighter. He pointed out that so long as they sincerely cast their burden on the Lord, He would sustain them, he further reassured. Rev. Okoroafor also urged for perseverance as they look up to the heavenly crown stressing that God would never allow the righteous to be put to shame.