By Christian Aburime
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR and his counterpart Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State were both present to honour Archbishop Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim on his diamond Jubilee birthday anniversary at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, Awka, Anambra State
His Grace, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese celebrated his 60th birthday, three years of Archiepiscopacy, twelve years episcopacy, twenty eight years of progressive marriage union and thirty eight years of service in the Lord’s vineyard
The event was presided by His Grace, the Most Reverend Henry C. Ndukuba, Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), assisted by other Archbishops and Bishops across the nation
In his homily, Most Reverend Ndukuba told the congregation to hold-on to God. He assured that God will arise and the enemy will be defeated.
“At such a time like this, stand up strong, don’t be afraid. The enemies of the State and the nation shall not triumph.” He stressed
Governor Soludo in a brief remark, congratulated the celebrant, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim on his milestone achievements as he marks his 60th birthday and service in the Lord’s vineyard. He assured the people that Anambra State will continue to rise and excel adding that insecurity will go away and sanity, law and order will be fully restored
Governor Soludo also used the occasion to call on Christians to come together and be united. He enjoined the people to practise the principles of ecumenism, saying that the body of Christ is one
Governor Okowa also congratulated the celebrant and commended Soludo for stemming the rising insecurity in the State
The celebrant, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim expressed gratitude to Governor Soludo and Okowa and to all who came to celebrate the specisl occasion with him.
The Deputy Governor of Anambra, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim was represented by his wife, Lady Oluchi Ibezim