ABIA STATE GOVERNOR RESTATES HIS COMMITMENT WITH CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE STATE AS HE WELCOME VATICAN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has restated his commitment and that of his administration to working closely with the Church in his quest to improve the lot of the people of Abia State.
The Governor stated this on Wednesday night as he received in audience at the Governor’s Lodge in Aba, a delegation of the Papal Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Nigeria, His Excellency, Archbishop Antonio Filipazi who came to pay him a courtesy visit and to formally invite him to the Episcopal Consecration and Installation of the new Catholic Bishop of Aba.
Those in the delegation of the Papal Nuncio included the Archbishop of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, The Most Rev. Dr Anthony J V Obinna, the Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev Dr. Luscius Ugorji, the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev Moses Chikwe, the Bishop Designate of Aba Diocese, Monsignor Professor Augustine Echema, the Diocesan Administrator of Aba Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Innocent Ajuonu, the Head of Protocol of the Aba Diocese, Rev Fr. Patrick Okon and others.
The Governor thanked the Catholic Church for all the support his administration had enjoyed from them and assured them that he will always put God first in the discharge of his duties as Governor because in his words, “I won’t be here today if not for God’s grace”. He congratulated the Catholic Church in Aba on the peaceful selection of their new Bishop and assured that he will be physically present at the consecration tomorrow, while assuring the new Bishop of his support and cooperation in his new episcopal assignment.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made this known to the public through his Chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq