ANAMBRA State Government has lauded the elevation of Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu, sub dean of the All Saints Cathedral, to the bishopric in the Anglican Communion.
This followed his formal introduction on Sunday at All Saints Cathedral in Onitsha, by Bishop Owen Nwokolo of the Diocese on the Niger as the new Bishop of the Mbamili Diocese.
According to a statement by Anambra State Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, Governor Willie Obiano, in a message to the new bishop, described him as “eminently qualified for his new status and duties.
“Even though bishops are chosen with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, it was predictable that Venerable Uzochukwu’s promotion was a matter of time.
“Apart from holding the post of Subdean of the historic Diocese on the Niger, from where the Anglican faith spread to other parts of Igboland and beyond, Venerable Uzochukwu discharged his duties with aplomb and infectious enthusiasm”.
The commissioner stated that overnor Obiano praised Uzochukwu’s love of God which caused him to work relentlessly in the Lord’s vineyard and, as a result, won innumerable souls for Christ.
“This fact accounts for his rapid rise in the ministry”, said the governor about the newly elected bishop who began his priestly career at St John’s Anglican Church at Umueze, Anam in Anambra West LGA, and was then transferred to St Faith Church in Onitsha where he was made the Vicar and appointed a Canon. He was in 2014 promoted to an Archdeacon and Sub Dean of All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.
Chief Obiano advised Uzochukwu to devote his “stupendous energy to not just spiritual matters, but also such social issues as teenage pregnancy, girl education and discrimination against the female gender in Anambra West LGA”, noting that these issues are “in line with the universal social teachings of the church”.
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’ “.
Uzochukwu hails from Isulo in Orumba South LGA but has been working outside his area since his priestly ordination.