From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan
The Igbo General Assembly in Oyo state has decried a possible violence that may be unleashed by a warring faction of the association as it celebrates this year cultural day.
The Acting President General of the association, Nze Emeka Enweronye made this known penultimate week at a press conference in Ibadan to sentisize public about its cultural day slated to hold at Adamasingba Stadium on 30th of November, 2014.
According to him, Dr. Alex Anozie, the leader of the faction and his cohorts are sounding a war drum signifying to disrupt this year cultural event adding that appropriate authorities should note that should in case Igbo man or woman suffer attack, they should be held responsible.
Said he “The Igbo General Assembly is an Umbrella body of responsible and law abiding Igbos resident in Ibadan and Oyo state. We have never involved in any form of violence and as Oyo state has been peaceful and secured, anybody calling for violence should be closely watched”.
“It is time for the authentic Eze and his cohorts to show the world the authenticity of their claims. The “Eze”, Dr. Alex Anozie has summoned the Igbos to the Liberty Stadium for cultural festival while the real Igbos have scheduled to celebrate their culture at the Adamasingba Stadium”.
He maintained that while their association remains the authentic, its factional association remains otherwise saying the crowd will judge who actually is in control of the Igbos.
He further maintained that the cultural day is meant to promote, develop and advance Igbo language and culture adding that the day will witness the rich culture of the Igbos in the areas of cultural dances, food, dressing, masquerading, wrestling, fluent use of Igbo language, breaking of kola and among others.
He added that the day will be used to recognize and appreciate Igbo sons and daughters as well as friends of the Igbos who distinguish themselves in their chosen careers.
CAC honours her out-going General Secretary
From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan
The Christ Apostolic Church, (CAC) Worldwide at the weekend held a send-off service for her out-going General Secretary, Pastor Gideon Okegwemeh at All Saints’ Chapel Auditorium, Basorun, Ibadan.
Speaking during the send-off service, the President of CAC, Pastor Abraham Akinosun said Pastor Okegwemeh has rendered a selfless service compared to the biblical King David.
According to him, the intrinsic qualities of David is replicated in him like obedience to God, humility, forgiven spirit, faithfulness and loving the church just like David loved Israelites.
He added that Pastor Okegwemeh is a bundle of intelligence that attracts people to learn from him saying it can be seen from his voluntary retirement that it is borne out of love to ensure smooth running of the church.
Also the General Evangelist of the church, Prophet Samuel Abiara described the outgoing General Secretary as paragon of virtues who is faithful in all that he is entrusted with and who has served the ministry with all his might, a reason his send-off service attracted all and sundry from all walks of life to witness the occasion.
He maintained that he had rendered service to God worthy to be remembered after he pass away as he prayed for him to spend his remaining life in tranquillity.
The honouree however thanked God for giving him the opportunity to have served the church saying that rest is necessary after a labour, a reason he is going on a voluntary retirement.
He said it is grace of God and readiness to serve that earned him the celebration as he encourage people to serve in any capacity they find themselves with all might and diligence.