Catholic Bishop calls for prayers ahead of 2019 General Elections

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By Uzo Ugwunze

Alor (Idemili South LGA), Oct.18, 2018 (MOI) Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev. Dr Dennis Isizor has called on Christians to pray for successful conduct of 2019 General Elections.

“Let us continue to pray for this country. Our prayer is that these elections will be peaceful, successful and devoid of bloodshed,’’ Isizor made the call during his pastoral visit to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA).

“Politicians should alleviate the plight of citizens by living up to their campaign promises,’’ he said.

The Prelate also admonished Christian faithful not to relent in spreading the good news of salvation brought to mankind through Jesus Christ.

He urged politicians, who make gigantic manifestoes to endeavour to deliver on their campaign promises to alleviate the sufferings of the poor masses and bring development in the country.

The Bishop enjoined Nigerians to arm themselves with Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as a weapon need, backed with prayers to help them to vote for the right candidates.

“Everyone who has registered should collect his/her (PVC) and protect it.

“During the elections, they should come out en masse and vote the candidates, who they are convinced, will do the things we can see,” he said.

Parish Priest, St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Alor, Rev. Fr. Martins Onukwuba also called on politicians to be sincere to themselves and Nigerians who vote them into power.

“I am very sceptical about Nigerian politics because we are not sincere.

“But all the same we shall keep praying for this Nation as my Lord Bishop said previously,” Onukwuba said.

Onukwuba expressed delight at hosting the bishop, saying that apart from the Episcopal Blessings for everyone, 152 children received Sacrament of Confirmation, while six couples were wedded.

The Women Leader, Alor Women, Mrs Grace Uche Nwoye, who was a special guest at the occasion, also urged the Christians faithful to strive to win souls for Jesus Christ.

This pastoral visit is an evangelical work to encourage the Christians to be prayerful, move out and win souls as God rewards labourers in his vineyard.

In a welcome address, the Parish Council narrated many achievements of the Parish and its members asking the prelate to bless the land donated by Mr D.D.C Onyechi.

They said that the land would be developed as a “We care home’’ for the aged which on completion would have a clinic and other recreational facilities.

The parish council through their leaders requested the prayers of the prelate for peace to reign in Alor town.

“Your Excellency, we need peace and love in Alor. We also pray, trust and hope that your pastoral visit as usual shall usher in more peace.” (MOI)

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