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Obiano urges new bishop to focus on teenage pregnancy, girl education

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By Praise Necherem

Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has lauded the elevation of Ven. Obiora Uzochukwu as new Anglican Bishop of the Mbamili Diocese. Obiano who gave the commendation in a statement issued by his commissioner for information, C-Don Adinuba, urged him to devote his energy to social issues like teenage pregnancy, girl education and discrimination against the female gender in his domain.

Uzochukwu, sub dean of the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, was promoted to the bishopric at last week’s annual retreat of the House of Bishops at the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre Agbarha-Otor, Delta state, and was subsequently appointed the Bishop of Mbamali Diocese.

The diocese comprises Anglican parishes in Anambra West local government area of Anambra state.

Obiano described the prelate as eminently qualified for the job in new status and duties, saying his love of God caused him to work relentlessly in the Lord’s vineyard and, as a result, won innumerable souls for Christ. He said, “Even though bishops are chosen with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, it was predictable that Uzochukwu’s promotion was a matter of time.

“Apart from holding the post of sub dean of the historic Diocese on the Niger, from where the Anglican faith spread to other parts of Igboland and beyond, Uzochukwu discharged his duties with aplomb and infectious enthusiasm.’

“This fact accounts for his rapid rise in the ministry.”

Commending Bishop Dr Owen Nwokolo and Archbishop Dr Alexander Ibezim, bishop of the Diocese on the Niger and Archbishop Province of the Niger respectively, for their roles in Uzochukwu’s emergence as a bishop, Obiano added, “it is a thing of joy that the Anglican authorities in Anambra state can assign any priest or bishop to a place they deem fit regardless of the person’s hometown or LGA origin.”

Uzochukwu hails from Isulo, Orumba South local government area but has been working outside his area since his priestly ordination. “Anambra state remains the most united, homogenous and harmonious state in Nigeria. This is one of the critical success factors for Anambra’s rapid economic, social and political development in the last few years.

“I, therefore, call on our new bishop to dedicate himself to the cause of peaceful co-existence and ecumenism, as Christ prayed in John 17: 21 `for all shall be one.’

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