Diamond Jubilee: Archbishop Ibezim a blessing to our community – Anambra Monarch
Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
The traditional ruler of the Mbaukwu community in Awka South local government area, Anambra State, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Peter Nosike Anugwu has described the Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, His Grace Most Revd Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim as a blessing to his Mbaukwu community.
The monarch made the assertion, yesterday, when he played host to Archbishop Ibezim-led Diocesan Clergy, at his Mbaukwu Palace,
Speaking during the visit, the Archbishop who is in a celebration mood ahead of his 60 years birthday on Friday said the visit was to appreciate the Royal father for his support and contributions to his ministerial career, to the church and the community at large.
While Ibezim described the monarch as one of the longest serving traditional rulers in Igbo land, he lauded him for his ecumenism and transformation of his community into one of the best towns in the state.
He, however, prayed to God to sustain the monarch to enable him to continue directing the affairs of the town and deliver quality leadership to the people.
Responding, the traditional ruler, Igwe Peter Anugwu, expressed joy at the visit and described Bishop Ibezim as a true son of the community who has made the community proud.
He noted that the Almighty God blessed the community abundantly by the gift of the Archbishop, stressing that since his emergence, has had a far-reaching impact on the growth and development of the community.
Also, the traditional ruler of Awka Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Gibson Nwosu, Ezeuzu II congratulated the Archbishop for attaining the milestone in good health and extolled him for his sacrifice and role in the restoration of peace and harmony in his community.
However, before arriving at the king’s palace, the Archbishop performed an official unveiling /exhibition at Renaissance Modern Polytechnic, Mbaukwu, where some artistic works of the polytechnic students were put on display.
He commended the staff and management of the institution for the various works of art the young polytechnic was able to produce within their young period of existence.
Bishop Ibezim, in celebration of his homecoming to his birthplace at St Mark’s College Nibo-Nise, performed the turning of the SOD to erect a befitting multipurpose hall for the worship of God
The highlight of the day’s activities was a novelty football match by the diocesan clergymen, as well as a final match between the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia; and Agulu Grammar School where the former won with a lone goal.