Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Arch Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Chukwuma, has said that he is ‘Obidient.’
Chukwuma said this on Sunday during his 69th Birthday and 43rd years Ordination anniversary service at the Good Shepherd Cathedral, Enugu.
Chukwuma, who was celebrating his last birthday as an Arch Bishop, also used the occasion to present a compendium of his selected speeches, written in his honour by, Dr Ernest Gad-Nwosu, a Canon of the Anglican Communion.
He made the remark when the representative of the Labour Party (LP), Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, said she would inform Obi of the compendium.
“We were not aware of this presentation, but I will inform my principal while I take a copy to him, I am sure he will respond to the Arch Bishop, because they are friends,” she said.
Chukwuma acknowledged being friendly with Obi, saying, “Very close and Obidient.”
Ikengaonline reports that, the mention of the name of Peter Obi ignited laud ovation from the crowd attending the service.
The Arch Bishop further charged Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and be ready to vote for their preferred candidates in the forthcoming general election.
He said that the 2023 general election presents Nigerians with the opportunity to elect new category of leaders across board, adding that, without PVC that can not be possible.
“Nigerians should go and collect their PVCs to enable them vote out bad leaders and elect credible, competent and God fearing leaders,” he said.
He also advised Nigerians to continue to be patient and prayerful for God to give them a good leader in the forthcoming election.
“I call on Nigerians to be patient and remain prayerful.
“Nigerians should pray for God’s intervention in the coming election, but first, they should get their PVCs,” he said.
Speaking, Bishop of the cathedral, Henry Ndukuba described Chukwuma as a good person and a true man of God.
“Very simple and good man; he loves everyone and everyone loves him. Very jovial personality.
“He tells it the way it is, and the next minute he has forgotten about it, he hardly bears grudges with anyone,” he said.
Some bishops of the diocese also spoke glowingly about the outgoing Arch bishop.
Chukwuma was ordained in January 1990 and he became the Arch Bishop of Enugu Diocese in 2014.