Soludo receives ‘Father of Ecumenism, Solution Gov Award’
GOVERNOR Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra Chapter Chairman, Ven. Joseph Nweke, Former President Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA), Sir Chris Ukachukwu, Sir Nathan Ofoma, others have tasked the new leadership of Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), and the entire Christians to bond together seeing themselves as one in Christ Jesus regardless of denomination.
They also urged Christians to continue the work of evangelism in order to recover many souls formerly of Christian background but who have taken to idolatry, criminality and terrorism in the state.
Governor Soludo called for oneness of Christians and partnership shortly after receiving the ‘Father of Ecumenism, Solution Governor Award’ during the investiture of Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo, Bishop on the Niger as the CCN Chairman, Anambra State Chapter, which held at All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra State,
Professor Soludo, on the occasion where other personalities like Sir Chris Ukachukwu, Sir Nathan Ofoma, Sir Wellington Asiegbu, Sir Chris Okafor, Ven ElochukwuOjukwu, others were honoured with various awards described the Church as the most important civil society in the development of Anambra State.
His Excellency, after congratulating the newly elected Bishop Nwokolo, who happens to be a school mate at Uga Boys, revealed that it was the first time he had personally received an award since becoming a governor.
“The entire world is ecumenism. This is something I wholeheartedly believe. We are one, and if we do not bond together, we will die separately.
“I see CCN as part of the five fingers that make up CAN. You need all the five fingers to punch or make impact. CCN’s leadership should go above and beyond to ensure the other four fingers work together.
“One of your responsibilities as Chairman is to unite Christendom. It is critical for the advancement of our work on earth. We must imbibe the true meaning of unity. Let us be the change we want to see and collaborate at all levels.
Anambra is a Christian state. One people, one state, and one agenda, let us reaffirm ourselves, partner with other Christian denominations and see themselves as the same.
“We must defeat the forces of darkness in our land with the Bible in our right hand. Anambra must be liberated. The common threat that we face today will be overcome by all of us.
“When our gallant Anambra State Vigilante Services invade the camps of these people in the bush, they discovered different forms of charms, deities yet most of them were Christened with names of saints. They are busy recruiting younger ones and reviving idol worship. Let the evangelism work of spreading the gospel of Christ continue.
Earlier in his address, Anambra State Chapter CAN Chairman, Ven Joseph Nweke encouraged cooperation and synergy among the five arms of CAN which include Christian Council of Nigeria, Catholic Society of Nigeria, Penticostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Organisation of African Indigenous Churches and Tekan –Ecwa, urging them not to go back on the mandate of Our Lord Jesus Christ to go ye into the world and make disciples
More so, all the award recipients from different denominations appreciated the leadership of CCN for recognising their contributions towards the work of God to ensure the spread of the gospel of Christ. They also sued for oneness, unity in body of Christ, saying that the award will spur them to do more for the church and society at large.