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85th birthday: Chukwuma urges Christians to always show gratitude to God

By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU – ARCHBISHOP of Anglican province of Enugu, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma has urged Christians to always show gratitude to God for health and life.

Archbishop Chukwuma
Chukwuma gave the admonish on Sunday during a Special 85th Birthday Anniversary/thanksgiving Service of the Wife of Former Vice President, Late Dr Alex Ekwueme, Dame Beatrice Ekwueme, held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Enugu.
He spoke on the topic; “Showing Gratitude to God’’, which was alluded from the book of Psalm 103.
The cleric noted that on daily basis man receive numerous benefits and deeds of love and fatherly care from God, which most times we do not merit.
“Today, if you go to hospitals and see the pain and hopelessness people go through; I think one must appreciate God for good health and wellbeing. For one to be able to walk freely, eat and do other things human without stress or pain; it all the great work of God and His great kindness over us,’’ he said.
Archbishop Chukwuma, however, urged Christians to always live a righteous life and shun sin, which makes the grace of God to be far from man.
“Nigerians must awake to righteousness, we must awake to uprightness, while showing our sincere gratitude to God. It is abomination to talk about immorality in the Church; and I feel very bad when a man of God or pastor is involved or alleged to be
involved.
“As ministers of God and Christians, we must live above board and show exemplary conduct in all we do since we are the light of the World,’’ he said.
The archbishop also called on President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to work hard to promote and sustain security in the country.
“I must not fail to thank Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the much he is doing to ensure security and peace within Enugu State irrespective of ethnicity and religious affiliations,’’ he said.
On Dame Ekwueme, Chukwuma described her as a virtuous woman, who survived all weathers of life with late Dr Alex Ekwueme, while he was alive.
“She has lived a life of patience, tolerance and love towards all around her and has  been exemplary mother figure to all,’’ he said.
Speaking, Gov. Ugwuanyi extolled God for the life and health of Mama Beatrice Ekwueme, wishing her more birth anniversaries to
come.
“Your life and conduct to people around you have been that of positive testimonies and memories. We are indeed proud to associate and learn from you,’’ the governor said.
Responding, the celebrant, Ekwueme thanked dignitaries from all works of life that came to honour her.
“I pray that the good Lord will grant you long life and wellbeing; just as I am enjoying today. I thank you all,’’ she noted.
Dignitaries that attended the service included; Sen. Jim Nwobodo, former Governor of Old Anambra State; Dr Ezekwesili Nwodo, former Governor of Enugu State; Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambnra State and Chief Emeka Wogu, former Minister of Labour and Productivity.
Other are; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a PDP Board of Trustee member; Sen. Ben Obi; Sen. Victor Umeh; Sen. Sam Egwu; Prof. Kingsley Moghalu and Prof. Laz Ekwueme, Brother of Late Dr Alex Ekwueme and Traditional Ruler of Oko community in Anmabra among others.

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