Archbishop urges Chritians to live in peace for development of country



Archbishop Alexander Ibezim of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger has called on the Anglican faithful to always embrace peace as a tool for the growth and the social development of the society.


Ibezim also the Bishop of Awka Diocese made the call on Monday in his homily at the ongoing Awka Diocesan Women’s Conference (ADWOC).


The event is holding at the All Saints’ Anglican Church Ukpo, Dunukofia Council Area of Anambra.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 34th ADWOC was organised by the women of Awka Diocese has: “Be Still and Know That I Am God,’’ from Exodus 46 verse 10,” as its theme.


Ibezim said that the theme of the conference was apt and urged the women from the diocese and other faithful to always embrace peace for the well-being of the society.


According to the Archbishop, the church is the hope of all nations stressing that women are gifted with the qualities of holding firm in rescuing their nations from all storms.


Ibezim urged the women to make God their cornerstone as they forge ahead in their ministry.


He also commended them for always being in the vanguard of rescuing the church.


He said that the essence of the conference was a planned moment aimed at revitalising the women to remain unshakeable and progressive at home and in nation-building.


Also, Mrs Martha Ibezim, the wife of the Archbishop, said that the theme,“Be still and know that I am God” was apt.


Mrs  Ibezim is also the President of the Mother’s Union, the Women’s and Girl’s Guild in Province of the Niger and in the Diocese of Awka.


She said that life challenges were over-powering the world and God said to His people “  Be Still, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth  and I will give peace, He will not lie,” she said.

Ibezim urged the women to have strong character that will yield great evangelism where homes would be well-groomed and the society would be free of crime.


Contributing, the wife of the Anambra governor, Dr Ebelechukwu Obiano; urged the women to be alive to their responsibilities by nurturing and molding the lives of their children to guard against uncivil activities in the state.


Obiano, represented by Mrs Joy Ulasi, said that the ugly stories of rape in the society were overbearing.


She advised mothers to double their efforts in ensuring that sanity is restored to the society.


In his remarks, the Chairperson of ADWOC 2020, Chief Chizboa Nwana; urged the women of  Awka Diocesan Women’s Ministry to continue in their efforts to champion ways for a better tomorrow.


Nwana said that women should through evangelism win back children who had derailed and make them better members of the society.


“The work of mothers which God has given them to do cannot be too much, so let us continue to right the wrongs of our young people by correcting them with love,” she said.


Prof Stella Okunna, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Management,  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; said that the conference was  a moment  for  redirecting the women on the current trends and techniques of guarding their homes .


She advised them to remain even in the face of difficulties and have faith in God.


She said that they should also plan carefully on how to live their lives so that they would achieve a healthy and safe society.


Retired Capt. Benson Okoye, the chairman of the ADWOC 2020 Group, said that women are endowed with special virtues which make them to be the pillars of every home.


Okoye advised women to be wise in all their dealings.


NAN reports that the highlight of the conference was the pronouncement of the vicar of the host church, Rev. Sunday Ikeh, as a Canon in the Anglican Diocese of Awka by the Archbishop.


There was also the decoration of 2020 profile mother, Prof. Chinwe Okeke.


The traditional ruler of Ukpo Community, Igwe Robert Eze and his Umueri counterpart, Igwe Beneath Emeka were among the dignitaries that attended the conference.



Edited By: Shittu Obassa/ Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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