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Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, has said that Imo State needs a true servant-leader who will be imbued with humility of Christ to wash our dirty feet and guide the affairs of the state uprightly and use the available resources of the state for the common good in a spirit of equity.

In his sermon during a non-denominational service at Grasshoppers’ Stadium Owerri to mark the inauguration of Governor EmekaIhedioha, Sunday May 26, Archbishop Obinna advised the governor-elect (at the time of the service), to steer clear of sycophants, prophets, priests and occultic persons that may tempt him away from worshipping and serving the only one true God.

Photo: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, in a handshake with Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, during his inaugural Lecture at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre, New Owerri, recently.

The theme of the Archbishop’s sermon was: “Repent and Worship the True God Unwaveringly, Serve the People in Humility, Wisdom and Fortitude.”

According to the Archbishop; “It is in the Davidic spirit of unwavering faith in the true God and continuous penitential prayer before God that we are here gathered praying for all Imo citizens, for all human beings and especially for our new governor-elect that we and he will ever make God our daily rock, our mighty fortress, day in day out. Fortunately the true God has revealed himself not only as Sovereign Creator of the universe, as the Redeemer of wicked mankind and the Sanctifier of the defiled and degraded.

“In the face of the resort to gods that are no God, powers that ultimately prove powerless, superstitions and attractions that prove dangerous and deceptive, I challenge you all and the governor-elect to steer clear of sycophants, prophets, priests, pastors, cultic and occultic persons and clubs that may tempt you away from worshiping and serving the one and only true God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has proved his absolute love for us all in the sacrificial death of Christ and proved his absolute power and sovereignty by raising Jesus from the shameful death unto the glorious resurrection.

Calling for a servant-leader for Imo-Igbo people, Archbishop said, “In our Lord Jesus Christ, way beyond Moses, the great law-giver, way beyond king David and King Solomon, we have the servant-leader of all humanity in whom dwells the fullness of divinity, wisdom and all the graces that any human needs to live uprightly, to serve and lead people effectively.

“In the present state of Imo State, Igboland and Nigeria, we need a true servant-leader who will be imbued with the humility of Christ to wash our dirty feet, our dirty gutters, our dirty streets, towns and villages; we need a servant-leader who with the wisdom of Christ will guide the affairs of this State uprightly and use the available resources of this state for the common good in a spirit of equity, redignifying Imo citizens, building good roads into towns and villages, creating wealth, job opportunities and the long-expected factories and industries. We need a servant-leader who with the fortitude of Christ will fight for Imo-people in the face of the life-dangers that pressingly threaten today; a servant-leader who will valiantly defend our legitimate interests before others and not betray us all for a mess of monetary and enslaving porridge.

He called on Imo people to “Share in the same humility, wisdom and fortitude so that together with this new governor and those that will come hereafter, we can build a greater, more caring and united Imo family in the spirit of the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph whose statue stands beckoningly at the round-about before the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, a principal prayer centre in Imo State.”

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