Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the All Progressives Grand Alliance gubernatorial candidate attended a special Mass service at St Patrick Cathedral, Awka, Sunday 26, 2021 to celebrate Nigeria 61st Independence Anniversary with the Governor of Anambra, Chief Dr Willy Obiano
The special Mass which took place at St Patrick Cathedral in Awka was presided over by Most Reverend Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, who delivered a special homily to mark the occasion
The Bishop congratulated the nation for attaining 61 years of nationhood. He however lamented that the country was moving forward at a snail speed.
He enjoined the congregation to continue to pray for peace and progress in the country so that things can improve
The clergyman also harped on the need for effective leadership in the polity, asserting that everything in the world is all about effective leadership
He appealed to the government to fight corruption more decisively and not a case where some perceived politicians who defect to the ruling party are automatically ‘forgiven of their sins’
He equally called for a Nigeria where there is fairness and equality for all.
The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke who represented Governor Willie Obiano at the occasion commended the Bishop for his inspiring and comforting homily. The Deputy Governor said the greatest challenge in the country is the issue of leadership at all levels.
He opined that for the nation to get it right, there should be leadership with sincerity.
“If we must move forward and make progress in the country and at every level in the society, we must have sincere leadership” Dr Okeke advised
He further appealed to the citizens to always do what is right at all times.
” It is you the citizens that should do what is right at all times no matter your position or status”
The Deputy Governor later introduced Cee Cee Soludo to the audience saying Soludo is a marketable personality that can sell himself anywhere.
Cee Cee Soludo later donated a princely sum of one million naira to the Legion of Mary, Awka/Ekwulobia Diocese towards their building projects