By FESTUS AHON & AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE
UGHELLI—HISTORY was made, weekend, in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, as the 94-year-old Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM, Ovie, R.L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, was installed as the first Royal Canon of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ughelli Diocese, by Bishop Cyril Odutemu.
Among dignataries at the investiture which took place at the All Saints’ Chapel, Ughelli, were HRM, Orhue I, Orodje of Okpe Kingdom; HRM, Oharisi III, Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom; HRM, Omamahwo II, Osuivie of Agbarho; HRM, Ovie of Arhavwarien; Otota of Olomu Kingdom, Olorogun M.P. Ovwagbedia and Olomu chiefs.
According to Bishop Odutemu, “this event is a unique one in the history of our church. We are pleased to instal the Ohworode as a Royal Canon of the Anglican Church. He has been a Christian all his life and a member of the Anglican family.
“We believe that this honour will spur him in his effort to bringing Olomu Kingdom to God. At 94, he never misses church activities. He is a role model to all, and his passion for God is the secret of his long life,” he added.
The minister noted that the call of God upon a man is a rare honour and that “nobody takes this honour upon his self but must be called of God.”
He charged Christians to be fervent and put their trust in God, adding “we owe our lives to God and should endeavour to please him at all times.”
The Ohworode flanked by his Wife, Queen Grace Ogbon danced and praised God along with well-wishers afterwards.
Speaking to Vanguard, the Ovie expressed gratitude, “I am happy and thankful to God, who has have been merciful and gracious to me and my kingdom. Words are not enough to express my appreciation to the Anglican Church.”
“This honour is a rare one, it is only given abroad and I am lucky to become the first Nigerian to receive it. I charge everyone to repent and give their life to God. My kingdom will remain a holy and Godly kingdom,” he added.