The Commissioner for Community Government Council (CGC) and Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Barr. Lady Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro has attributed the success of her ministry so far to the power of Novena.
A Novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition.
Speaking during an interactive session with the press on the ongoing chieftaincy dispute resolution in the state, Barr. Nnanna-Okoro said God is using Governor Rochas Okorocha to bring peace to several communities most of which have been in turmoil for decades following ezeship tussles.
Emphasizing the efficacy of Novena prayer, Mrs. Nnanna-Okoro, a Lady of St. Mulumba, said trouble laden communities now enjoy peace, adding that 10 traditional rulers drawn from such warring communities were on Thursday given staff of office.
The Commissioner said Governor Okorocha detests ezeship tussles and wants peace to reign in every community, because any community without eze will suffer under CGC government in terms of development projects.
She said there was a relationship between good governance and community development, adding that CGC will also ensure that bad people will not rule Imo again, because bad leadership forestalls development and brings hardship to the people, especially in the rural areas.
It is against this backdrop, according to the Commissioner that the Imo State Governor directed that candidates who wish to contest the post of eze in their communities will not pay more than N5,000 so that money will not debar good people from contesting.
On the just concluded Opara and Ada Imo, Mrs. Nnanna-Okoro said the contest was free and fair, adding that the umpires were professionals from various parts of Nigeria.
She announced that her ministry has embarked on talent hunts, noting that there are many latent talents in various communities waiting to be discovered and blossomed. Such hidden talents, she observed abound in the areas of music, football, arts and technology in primary and secondary schools in the state.
“We are going to discover them and bring them into prominence”, she assured.
At exactly 3 o’clock, Lady Nnanna-Okoro stopped the press interaction and urged the journalists to join her in the Divine Mercy Devotion, which she recited in a manner that suggests she does it every day.
During the prayers, she told the pressmen to kneel down and to direct their gaze at a large picture of Divine Mercy hung in her office.
After the prayers, she catechized the journalists on Divine Mercy Devotion, explaining that it is a Catholic prayer to “the merciful love of God and the desire to let that love and mercy flow through one’s own heart towards those in need of it. The devotion according to her is due to the apparitions of Jesus received by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska. The three main themes of the devotion, which places emphasis on the veneration of the Divine Mercy Image, are to ask for and obtain the Mercy of God, to trust in Christ’s abundant mercy and finally to show mercy to others and act as a conduit to God’s mercy towards them”.