Nigeria’s Catholic bishops have prayed to God for an immediate end to the insecurity plaguing the Imo state and the entire country.
The bishops who are in the state for their National Conference in 2022 offered their prayers as they visited the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, at the government building in Owerri on Wednesday.
According to a statement in Owerri by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, the Catholic prelates said with peace that the state would witness infrastructural development.
The statement read: “Catholic bishops in Nigeria have offered to pray for the reign of peace in the state of Imo so that the government of Governor Hope Uzodimma will have an opportunity to continue its infrastructure renewal efforts.
“The bishops referred in particular to the 35-kilometer Owerri-Orlu dual carriageway that President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated on Tuesday alongside the first phase of the Owerri-Okigwe road and the rebuilt Imo House of Assembly Complex.
At a luncheon in honor of the College of Catholic Bishops at the Banquet Hall of Government House Owerri on Wednesday, the bishops currently holding their second plenary meeting in 2022 at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral Orlu said their journey to Owerri via the duplicated way a nice site to see.
“They said that Governor Uzodimma’s government deserves all the rest it needs to continue to serve the people better, and promised to always support him in their prayers.
“President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, His Grace, Rev. Dr. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, who is also the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Metropolitan Province, thanked Governor Uzodimma for giving the opportunity to have lunch with his Cabinet, noting that the Governor’s magnanimity is known at all levels of the Catholic Church in Nigeria .
“Bishop Ugorji also reported that they have had a spectacular host in Orlu, an indirect reference to Governor Uzodimma’s role in ensuring that bishops are well looked after in his area.
“In his brief remarks, Governor Uzodimma said his joy knew no bounds when he received the bishops at Government House.
“He urged the bishops to keep in mind that the government under his supervision belongs to them, and emphasized that it is a special blessing from God that he is the governor of the state of Imo.
“To the bishops he said: ‘Your prayers work; keep praying and standing up for yourself, because charity starts at home.”
“However, Governor Uzodimma took the opportunity to remind the bishops that his government is open to support the church because most of the activities that the church used to be involved in to raise funds and continue God’s work, such as bazaar and special launches, today suffer because of the increase in poverty level and decrease in business activity.
“Ranking members of the clergy who were received include His Eminences Peter Cardinal Okpaleke and John Cardinal Onaiyekan; His Grace, Augustine Ukwuoma, His Grace Archbishop Anthony JV Obinna, His Grace Olawale Martins, His Grace Matthew Hassan Kukah among others.”