Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, former governor of outdated Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Ayogu Eze, the President Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, 38 Catholic Bishops throughout the nation and a few Anglican Bishops, have been among the many dignitaries that witnessed the dedication of St Theresa’s Cathedral Nsukka, on Thursday.
Talking through the epoch-making occasion, Gov. Ugwuanyi who conveyed the felicitations of the federal government and folks of Enugu State, to Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah and the Diocesan devoted, expressed gratitude to God for making the dedication of the Cathedral doable.
The governor acknowledged that it was an excellent privilege for him to be a part of this historical past and disclosed that the towering architectural masterwork was “the product of divine inspiration and three a long time of toil of our Catholic Diocesan devoted”.
He expressed delight that “right now, it (Cathedral) stands elegantly accomplished underneath the management of our revered Bishop, His Lordship, Most Rev. Professor Godrey Igwebuike Onah”.
Whereas commending Bishop Onah’s diligence and tenacity, Gov. Ugwuanyi additionally appreciated the nice position of the retired Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Emmanuel Okobo, “within the visioning and implementation of the challenge”.
The governor prayed God “to abundantly bless all those that sacrificed their sources, time and labour for the conclusion of this dream”.
Acknowledging, fortunately, that the peace and unity in Enugu State have been largely due to the prayers and sensible counsel of the spiritual devoted, Gov. Ugwuanyi implored them to proceed to avail the state “these twin helps of inestimable worth”.
He appreciated the presence of the Papal Nuncio, the Bishops of the Catholic Church and sister Christian denominations and beseeched God to grant extra energy and religious imaginative and prescient to Bishop Onah in addition to “all our Clergy within the Diocese as they shepherd the flock of God”.
Earlier in his sermon, Bishop Onah expressed delight that the Cathedral challenge has lastly turn out to be a actuality.
He thanked the Almighty God for his mercy and love and likewise thanked the initiator of Cathedral and Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Okobo for his imaginative and prescient and steadfastness, saying: “As we speak, Bishop Okobo will likely be becoming a member of in dedication this Cathedral” regardless of his well being challenges.
Bishop Onah went additional to understand all those that contributed within the constructing of the Church together with the state authorities, professionals, prayer warriors, Diocesan devoted, the Muslim group, amongst others and requested God to reward them abundantly.
Of their goodwill messages, the Convention of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, amongst others, congratulated Bishop Onah, his predecessor, the monks, spiritual and all the Nsukka Diocesan devoted on the exceptional dedication of the Cathedral, stressing that their sturdy religion and sacrifices noticed to the conclusion of the magnificent edifice.
Additionally current on the occasion have been the Speaker of the Enugu State Home of Meeting, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, the State Chief Decide, Hon. Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu, the member representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu, his counterpart in Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Martin Oke; former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, former Minister of Info, Chief Frank Nweke Jnr.; former State Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, Chief Engr. Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa, members of the State Home of Meeting, members of the State Government Council, Council Chairmen, amongst others.