The Bishop, Methodist Diocese of Onitsha, Anambra State, Right Reverend Livinus Onuagha has urged government at all levels to uphold its primary function of protecting the lives and property of the citizens by providing more food and security for the less privileged in the country during this era of coronavirus.
Bishop Onuagha disclosed this on Tuesday while presenting his address to the 18th Annual Synod of the Diocese, held at Saint Andrew Cathedral Awada, with the theme: “Here I Am, Send Me”
Bishop Onuagha said that God needs to see spirit-filled and faithful men and women who are willing to stand before Him in prayer, teach His word, and build His kingdom, to accomplish His will and purpose on earth.
He enjoined Christians to take a leaf from prophet Isaiah whom he said without hesitation answered God’s call.
The bishop charged church leaders to be focused on building a church that will be controlled by the Holy Spirit, stressing that any church without the Holy Spirit is a mere social centre that would dispel rather than attract genuine worshipers.
Speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Onuagha said the supremacy of God was purely displayed as wealth and money failed, both the rich and the poor were placed under house arrest as the world fights the deadly virus.
He commended the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano for the proactive measures put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its effects especially the Ugbo Azu Uno Initiative which he said would help maintain food security during and after the pandemic.
He also commended all relevant bodies on the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 as he sympathised with families who lost their loved ones to the virus.
Speaking also to newsmen, the Synod Secretary, Very Reverend Ejike Onwueringo expressed satisfaction with the success of the Synod which was conducted under strict observance of W.H.O protective measures and charged Christians to commit themselves to the service of God and humanity.
In their separate speeches, the Lay President, Sir Onyekachi Nwaulo and a Group Head, Dr Ogechi Umeh charged Christians to put their trust and faith in God who never fail his people.
Members were spotted washing and sanitising their hands with their face mask on before entering the church hall while observing physical distancing as directed by the state government.
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