By Arinze Anaegbunam
THE youth wing of the apex socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described the elevation of the Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev. Peter Okpaleke, to a Cardinal by the Roman Catholic Pontiff, His Holiness, Pope Francis, as a big lesson to humanity.
In a press release by the National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), Okwu Nnabuike, Cardinal Okpaleke’s elevation came with huge moral lessons.
According to Okwu, Bishop Okpaleke, now Cardinal, was once rejected when he was posted to oversee Mbaise Catholic Diocese.
The statement read in part, “we congratulate His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Okpaleke on his elevation to the status of a cardinal by the Pope. We are particularly happy because his elevation is one that came with huge moral lessons to everyone who followed the crisis that trailed his episcopal ordination and posting to Mbaise Catholic Diocese.
“While we may not dwell on that controversy, we are concerned with the moral lesson therein, which is that man’s rejection does not represent God’s plan. His elevation should serve as a source of encouragement to every Igbo man aspiring to achieve one thing or the other in life.”
He hailed the cardinal, acknowledging his sense of humility, tolerance and mutual respect, stressing that “those virtues would make him succeed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria.”