Bishop Okoye cautions Nigerians against discrimination, tasks FG on economy


Bishop Okoye delivering his Charge
By Sunny A. Ijomah
Anglicans and non-Anglicans alike converged on St. Mary’s Church Isseke for the 2nd session of the 3rd Synod of Ihiala Diocese Anglican Communion.
The synod which has as its theme as “where are you?” also attracted some government functionaries, Church leaders and captains of Industry.
Presenting his Charge to the delegates, the President of the Synod and Anglican Bishop of Ihiala Diocese, Right Reverend Professor Israel Okoye cautioned people against discrimination to avoid the wrath of God as according to him, God hates discrimination.
Bishop Okoye, while calling for peace, justice and equity, raised salient issues in today’s society including poor standards of education, minimum wage, ravaging flood, and maintained a stand against same sex marriage among others.
The bishop called on government at all levels to address the market forces to boost the economy urged workers to be productive and advised Christians to serve God based on His terms.
Presenting a keynote lecture at the Synod, a frontline politician, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, spoke on strategies for raising a self-sustaining Church stressing that the church must not only preach salvation but also make strategic effort to minister to the contemporary needs of the people.
The Chancellor of the Diocese, Mr. Luke Iloogu, said that the Synod affords the Church an ample opportunity for stock taking about the challenges facing its administration with a view to move the church forward, and thanked God for the success of the event.
The Registrar of Ihiala Diocese, Mr. Edmund Obiagwu (SAN) and the Chairman Central Planning Committee, Venerable Uzo Amutaigwe, appreciated delegates and others for making out time for the event.
The Anglican Bishop of Niger West Diocese, Right Reverend Johnson Ekwe and his Ogbaru counterpart Right Reverend Prosper Amah were among those that attended the ceremony.

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