Abia getting better under Ikpeazu’s watch – Archbishop Opoko
By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
The Archbishop of the Methodist Church, Umuahia Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev (Dr) Chibuzor Raphael Opoko, has extolled the great transformation going on in Abia state as an indication of a state with glorious future.
Speaking during a dinner in honour of the visiting president of the World Methodist Church Council, Rev (Dr) Jong Chun Park, he said that Abia under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was becoming better with lots of positive things happening in the state, and prophesied that God was going to perfect the good things happening in the state while assuring that Rev Park’s visit would further bring good tidings to the state.
The Archbishop also commended the state government for its love and respect for the clergy and the church in general, assuring that clergy would continue to pray for the government and people of Abia state.
Speaking at the occasion, Rev Park said that the focal point of Christianity remained peace which Jesus Christ represents, and stressed the need for the world to embrace peace and not war. Rev Park pointed out that holiness and happiness are the most beautiful hallmarks in the life of every Christian and commended Archbishop Opoko and Bishop Sunday Onuoha for assisting him reach the level he attained. He said that Abia has become his spiritual home, and that he would visit regularly.
Responding, Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, assured that the government was committed to ensuring that the state attained the highest developmental heights through God’s grace and hard work. He solicited for sustained prayers and support of the church, so that the administration’s objectives would be attained.
The deputy governor further stated that Abia remained one of the safest states in the country, despite security challenges facing the nation. He expressed optimism that the nation would soon overcome its challenges with the support and prayers of all well-meaning citizens.