– Use your reign to witness for Christ – Archbishop Obinna
A mammoth crowd of friends, business associates, royal fathers, Knights and Ladies of the church (especially Knights of St John International – KSJI) Friday, April 13, witnessed the coronation of Chief (Sir) Christopher Chukwuemeka Amadi, as the Traditional Ruler and Ochi II of the Okolochi Autonomous Community in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State. Venue was St. Joseph Catholic Church Okolochi.
The spectacular and innovative feature of the ceremony was the role played by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, the Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna in the coronation.
Though fellow traditional rulers from far and near were in attendance, the representatives of the people and members of Eze’s Cabinet had invited and requested the chief shepherd to crown their royal father for them in accordance with the rites of coronation in the Catholic Church.
Preaching the homily, the Most Rev Obinna expressed satisfaction that the invitation to him to crown the new traditional ruler showed that our people now appreciate the need to rely totally on God and come to him first before embarking on any life venture. The decision of Eze Amadi and his subjects to seek God’s blessings rather than going to present him to any idol, for dedication or worship, is worthy of emulation, he said. According to him, this is the fourth time an autonomous commununity and their traditional ruler were inviting him to crown their royal father, adding that whoever is in Christ has all that he needed.
He reminded the congregation that every baptized Christian has the three-fold duty of priest, (offering of sacrifice) prophet (speaking out God’s truth) and king (who rules with fear of God, humility and justice) who responds to the cry and needs of his subjects.
The Archbishop therefore called on the new Eze to release the people from bondage by ruling as a Christian king. As a servant of Christ he shoul realize that all authority and power are under the kingship of Jesus Christ. He charged Eze Amadi to purify himself with the sacrament of reconciliation by going to confessions and receiving the Holy Communion always, thereby responding to the call for holiness. “Please imitate Christ, who owned everything but humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples,” enjoined the Archbishop.
The Most Rev Obinna also took the opportunity to stress on the need for people to register as voters, obtain and safeguard their permanent voter’s cards. They should resist the temptation of accepting blood money by politicians who hoarded such money to bribe and buy people’s votes come 2019 elections. The climax of the coronation was the invitation to the altar of two traditional rulers present to assist decorating Eze Amadi in his royal regalia after the Archbishop had prayed, anointed him with holy oil and blessed the regalia. Then followed the placement of the crown on the head of the new traditional ruler by the Archbishop himself. The wife of Eze Amadi, Ugoeze Dr. Anthonia Nnenna Amadi was decorated later with her ow royal regalia.
Speaking at the occasion, Eze Amadi expressed immense gratitude to the Archbishop for coming to preside at Mass and crowning him. He thanked other priests present, fellow traditional rulers as well as dignitaries and the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Ekeh Ugochukwu.
The second phase of the celebration featured reception of the new traditional ruler, presentation of gifts to him, cultural dance and conferment of award on Hon Onyewuchi Ezenwa for facilitating electricity supply to the community, at the church field.
It would be recalled that the Archbishop blessed the parish chapel and Eze’s palace after Mass.