As politics and political strategy in the country continues to shape towards a sole agenda for next year’s general election, Nigeria’s electorates have been once more reminded that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) remains a veritable tool to fight the war against bad governance.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna reemphasized this position when he led the Archdiocesan pastoral team on a two-day pastoral visit to St. Patrick’s Parish Mgbirichi Ohaji LGA where he administered the sacrament of confirmation to about 200 candidates, Sunday August 26.
The Archbishop who was taken aback towards the concluding part of the Eucharistic celebration when a cross section of the worshipping faithful indicated that they had not yet received their PVCs expressed dismay that barely few months to the elections many Nigerians were still anxiously looking up to the INEC for their voter’s cards.
Insisting that such scenario portends danger for the country, the Owerri Metropolitan See urged the people to remain vigilant in ensuring that their rights of participating in the elections were not trampled upon. “Your PVC is a tool for you to make the right choice,” he reminded while calling on the Imo State Electoral Commission (ISEC) and other concerned authorities to put their sense of duty to bear in ensuring that the cards smoothly and on record time got into the people’s hands.
Earlier while preaching at the Mass, the Archbishop took time to lend his condemnation voice on the Osu/Ume/Diala cultural divide. Noting that such practices were obnoxious and antithetical to the tenets of Christianity, he regretted that a good number of Christians were indulging in them “forgotten that the water of baptism that washed away the original sin of Adam and Eve (Njo Ekere-uwa) also destroyed every other inherited bondage including the njo ekere-Igbo (Osu/ume/diala).”
Most Rev. Obinna who on the first day of the visit opened the parish St. Augustine Station Amakohia as well as blessed a Grotto at St. Mary Station Abakuru went on to admonish the newly confirmed on the need to internalize what they were thought during the course of the program. He maintained that such values would help them become good Catholic and future leaders who would not be influenced by any fetish lifestyle. “You’re now solders of Christ. Attend your regular Masses. Go to confessions and remain in state of grace,” the visiting prelate enjoined.
In a vote of thanks before the event ceremoniously shifted to the reception ground, Rev. Fr. Anthony Azinta Cmf who described the visit as another watershed in the history of the parish, on behalf of his co-pastors and members of the Parish Council expressed joy for the visit while praying for the Archbishop God’s continued guidance.
The pastoral event attracted the presence of dignitaries including Senator Osita Izunaso and HRH Eze A. R. Ikegwuruka.