In his continued efforts to deepen the faith through catechesis and spread of the gospel, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has cautioned the people of Imo State, particularly the electorate on the looming danger facing the state if they continue to fall for the ugly allures of money-bag politics. He revealed that the danger rests on the tendency of voting into power politicians with lamentable track records.
Archbishop Obinna who was preaching at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Eziama Ikeduru LGA, Sunday March 3 where he was on a two-day pastoral visit regretted that the on-going elections have been bastardized by monetary inducement from politicians who feel that the only way to remain in power was to throw money at gullible electorate. “Who shall bail us out from this perpetual slavery?” The distraught chief shepherd asked, noting that the sit tight syndrome ravaging the Nigeria’s political spectrum remains a stage for politicians to do all sorts of evil to retain their political offices. “Even when the dictates of the constitution makes such horrible ambition not tenable, we also see clandestine moves by these politicians to impose their perceived stooge on us. This is why they throw money at us during elections.”
The Archbishop who described the situation as worrisome, maintained that the monies used as inducement during elections would have been more beneficial to the people if they were channeled to roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructural development. “They refused to better our lives and society with these monies, now they are desperate to maintain their political relevance, and they are throwing these monies as crumbs at us. For the sake of the future of our state, I urge you not only to flee from these atrocious conducts but also to reject these politicians and make sure they are voted out.”
The pastoral visit which began the previous day where the Archbishop had a brief interactive session with parishioners featured among other things, administration of sacrament of confirmation to about 50 candidates. At the confirmation exercise, Most Rev. Obinna who was flanked at the Mass by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Joe Onuoha and Rev. Fr. Dr. Eddy Njoku (Zonal Vicar) advised the candidates to remain committed to the faith and teachings of the Church and never desist from being shining examples of the society.
Other priests in attendance were Rev. Frs. Benjamin Mbata (indigenous priest), Alphonsus Oha, Nnaemka Njezi and Cosmas Uzoigwe.
In his expression of gratitude before the event shifted to the reception ground, the parish priest who lauded the pastoral guidance of the Archbishop prayed God to replenish all whose varied assistance contributed to the success of the event.
The Archbishop’s pastoral team included Sir Anthony Emeana, Mr. Uche Iworisha, Lady Stella Acholonu and Ikechukwu Osuocha.