Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, former governor of old Enugu state, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi, Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Ayogu Eze, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, 38 Catholic Bishops across the country and some Anglican Bishops, were among the dignitaries that witnessed the dedication of St Theresa's Cathedral Nsukka, on Thursday.

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

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Speaking during the epoch-making event, Gov Ugwuanyi who conveyed the felicitations of the government and people of Enugu state, to Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Prof Godfrey Igwebuike Onah and the Diocesan faithful, expressed gratitude to God for making the dedication of the Cathedral possible.

The governor stated that it was a great privilege for him to be part of this history and disclosed that the towering architectural masterwork was "the product of divine inspiration and three decades of the toil of our Catholic Diocesan faithful".

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He expressed delight that: "Today, it (Cathedral) stands elegantly completed under the leadership of our revered Bishop, His Lordship, Most Rev Professor Godrey Igwebuike Onah".

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

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Source: UGC

While commending Bishop Onah's diligence and tenacity, Gov Ugwuanyi also appreciated the great role of the retired Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Francis Emmanuel Okobo: "In the visioning and implementation of the project". The governor prayed God: "To abundantly bless all those who sacrificed their resources, time and labour for the realization of this dream".

Acknowledging, thankfully, that the peace and unity in Enugu State were largely because of the prayers and wise counsel of the religious faithful, Gov Ugwuanyi implored them to continue to avail the state "these twin supports of inestimable value".

He appreciated the presence of the Papal Nuncio, the Bishops of the Catholic Church and sister Christian denominations and beseeched God to grant more strength and spiritual vision to Bishop Onah as well as "all our Clergy in the Diocese as they shepherd the flock of God".

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Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Earlier in his sermon, Bishop Onah expressed delight that the Cathedral project has finally become a reality. He thanked the Almighty God for his mercy and love and also thanked the initiator of Cathedral and Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Dr Okobo for his vision and steadfastness, saying: "Today, Bishop Okobo will be joining in dedication this Cathedral" despite his health challenges.

Bishop Onah went further to appreciate all those who contributed in the building of the Church including the state government, professionals, prayer warriors, Diocesan faithful, the Muslim community, among others and asked God to reward them abundantly.

In their goodwill messages, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, among others, congratulated Bishop Onah, his predecessor, the priests, religious and the entire Nsukka Diocesan faithful on the remarkable dedication of the Cathedral, stressing that their strong faith and sacrifices saw to the realization of the magnificent edifice.

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Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Also present at the event were the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; the state Chief Judge, Hon Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu; the member representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Rt Hon Dr Pat Asadu, and his counterpart in Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Martin Oke.

Others include the former Deputy Governor of Enugu ctate, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi; former Minister of Information, Chief Frank Nweke Jnr.; Chairman, Enugu state Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Amb Lawrence Agubuzu; former state Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Engr Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa; members of the state House of Assembly; members of the State Executive Council; Council Chairmen, etc.

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Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

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Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Gov Ugwuanyi, 38 Bishops, others, grace dedication of Nsukka Catholic Cathedral

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

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