Uduaghan Preaches Forgiveness, Love

BY SAM DUVWODE
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called on Nigerians, especially Deltans, to forgive one another and show love to all like Christ did.
Besides, he enjoined Nigerians to maintain the peace and decorum that pervaded the March 28 presidential elections during the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections next week.
In a goodwill message to mark this year’s Easter celebrations by Christians worldwide, the Governor said that Nigerians should put behind the events that characterised the presidential elections and live in peace and love as exemplified by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“As Christians all over the world celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I urge all Nigerians, especially Deltans to forgive one another and show love to all like Christ did”, he stated.
Uduaghan commended Deltans for turning out in large numbers to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last weekend’s elections and urged them to remain peaceful and law abiding in the remaining elections.
His words: “Permit me to use this medium to express my sincere gratitude to all Deltans who trooped out en-masse to express their love for the PDP during the presidential and National Assembly elections. I still call on Deltans to remain peaceful during the governorship and State House of Assembly elections”.
The Governor said that as the administration winds down, the government would put finishing touches to most of its projects and by God’s grace, they will be commissioned soon.
He commended Deltans and residents in the State for their support and cooperation with his administration.
Uduaghan noted that by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, He gave Christians victory over death and liberated them from its fear, stressing that Easter was a season for the renewal of personal covenant with God and the relationship with the family, friends and neighbours.
“I pray that the peace, love, victory and joy, which the death and resurrection of Jesus brought to humanity, shall be the portion of Nigerians, particularly the good people of Delta State”, he prayed.
Similarly, the Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, the Most Rev. (Dr) Michael Odogwu Elue, in his sermon, admonished Christians to make love and service their watchwords in their every day dealings.
He noted that love is sacrificial and that it entails pain, and that no meaningful love comes cheap. Dr. Elue, who took his text from the book of Revelation emphasised that Christ loved us and shed his blood to the extent that he had to die on the cross as a sinner for our redemption.
The Chrism Mass is a ceremony celebrated by Catholics all over the world to commemorate the ordination of priests and the enthronement of the Eucharistic Sacrament, which is the breaking of bread in remembrance of the Lord’s Super and the formal establishment of the apostleship.
The ceremony, which featured the consecration of the three oil- oil of the sick, oil of catechumen and the oil of Chrism, also witnessed the presentation of awards to some priests in recognition of their immense contribution to the evangelisation of the people by their unalloyed commitment to the priestly ministry for the period of 25 to 54 years.
There was also the presentation of various gifts and cash donation to the Bishop of the Diocese to assist the needy as he may deem fit.
Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, and his wife Dr. (Mrs) Nelly Utuama, were among dignitaries that attended the celebration of the Chrism Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, yesterday at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.
Other dignitaries who were present at the high Chrism Mass include the Chief Judge of the Customary Court, Justice Stella Ogene; Commissioner for Special Duties, Government House, Sir Tony Obuh, and Delta State Commissioner for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Queen Victoria Ikenchukwu.