• Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Soludo Tasks Churches To Unite And Fight Idolatry

The Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR has tasked the church on knitting together, in the spirit of ecumenism, to confront the common enemy of idolatry which is fast pervading the land.

Governor Soludo made the call at the dedication of the new church building of House of Testimony, Life of Faith Gospel Assembly, Federal Housing Estate, 3-3, Onitsha.

The Governor stated, “Since the inception of my administration, we have declared war on criminals, their shrines, priests and burnt down their idols.

“They can come with whatever they want to but with the bible in our right hand, we shall prevail.

“Anambra is in the hands of God but we must continue to pray, to take back our state from criminals, touts and lawlessness.

“Idolatry is the fastest growing religion in the state.

“We must not take it for granted. Pope Francis preaches ecumenism. I just don’t preach it, I try to live it out.

“If we bond together, we will survive collectively but if we go separately, we will die separately. This land is our own, we must not give up on this,” Professor Soludo noted.

While describing Anambra as God’s own state and the need for all denominations to unite as one body in Christ Jesus, the Governor identified denomination as merely mode of worship, faith and dogma.

He stressed that every christian makes use of the Bible and has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

Defining God as the Supreme one, Governor Soludo stated that nobody can battle with the Lord.

He informed the congregation that from the foundation of the world, God had written it in heaven that the new church will be built and that he would be present to celebrate with them in thanksgiving to God.

“I have come in solidarity with you. My immediate younger brother has his own church so I understand the feeling.

“For me, it’s really a joy that every Monday, I enjoy the pentecostal service,” the Governor said.

Speaking on his 8 months in office, Governor Soludo disclosed that while many governments usually grapple with setting up their cabinets, his administration can account for what it has achieved every day of the eight months.

In the aspect of insecurity, he admitted that it won’t disappear overnight, expressing optimism that steady and surely, his administration will restore peace and tranquillity to the land as it’s already being experienced now by the people

“Our benchmark actually is that our first 24 months, we will be able to deliver over 230Km of roads. The quality of roads we are delivering have never been seen in the state before.

“Coincidentally, our Commissioner for Works was selected on the basis of his competence and integrity. He also happens to be a Pentecostal.

“I have known him for years but never knew if he was a Christian or not. When I was selecting him, I had no idea of his religion. It was later I discovered he was a Pentecostal.

“Our main aim is to get people who would deliver- a round peg in a round hole.

“Let us all be the change that we want to see. Anambra will continue to rise,” Soludo concluded.

In his episcopal address, Bishop Emmanuel Obiorah was thrilled with the way noble men and virtuous women from all walks of life gathered in honor of the epoch making event.

“Today as I stand before this great crowd of witnesses, I make bold to say without sounding immodest that by the mercies of God, the church is not indebted to any commercial bank in Nigeria neither did we solicit for public donations in building this auditorium

The State PFN Chairman Moses Ezedebego in commending Soludo’s said: “Prof Soludo is the first Governor of Anambra State to institutionalize the unity chain prayers through the office of the Chaplain at the Governor’s Lodge. This is indeed very strategic and it has succeeded in reducing the alleged cry of religious and denominational bias in our dear state,” Bishop Obiorah said.

Also in attendance were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief Protocol, Hon Chinedu Nwoye, Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa, Bishop Augustine Nwodika, Bishop O.C. Dominic, the State PFN Chairman, Bishop Dr. Moses Ezedebego, Apostle Lazarus (President Voice of the Cross) among others.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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