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Prayer is Key to Power, Good Governance  says Obiano

By Emeka Ozumba
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The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has said that prayer is key to power and good governance. Governor Obiano made the assertion Saturday evening while addressing the 9th Provincial Conference of Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN) Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

The governor who was represented by his wife Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) stated that the payers of members of the Catholic Charismatic Movement and the rest of ndi Anambra is behind the successes of his government in the development of Anambra state.

Wife of the governor of Anambra state, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) kneeling in prayers at St. Patricks’ Cathedral Awka

Said he: “I am not a clergy but as we all know, once God decrees, it comes to past. It is your prayers for the leaders of Nigeria and Anambra that guides all of us right in the corridors of power and I encourage you not to relent. Many can attest that since we came into office, positive transformation is happening in our state. I have no doubt that God will answer your prayers and meet all the needs that have brought you to Awka.”

Governor Obiano commended the Charismatics for choosing Anambra state as host of their Provincial Conference and enjoined the members to feel at home in the safe and secure environment of the beautiful capital city of Awka. He highlighted the achievements of the state government in the area of security of lives and property which he noted has changed the previous perception as the den of robbers and kidnappers to the safest state in Nigeria, leading to investor confidence and new infrastructural development.

Cross-section of members of Catholic Charismatics Renewal Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province at St. Patricks’ Cathedral Awka

The governor noted that the good of ndi Anambra is of paramount importance and that informed his commitment to the welfare of workers seen in prompt payment of salaries, pensions and gratuity. He noted the complementary support of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), NGO of the wife of the governor in ensuring that the less privileged, widows and the physically challenged are not left out in the scheme of things. Through the training and empowerment over 3600 persons, building and handover of ten houses to widows, construction of eleven toilets in rural market to promote hygiene, and fitting of prosthetic limbs to 1300 beneficiaries amongst other programmes.

Wife of the governor of Anambra state, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) kneeling in prayers at St. Patricks’ Cathedral Awka

Obiano also assured the visitors that Anambra accommodates all persons with good intentions for the states’ growth and progress and called on the society to pray specially in this period of elections for peace to reign and for Anambra state to have successful elections.

The Catholic Charismatics Renewal Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province includes members from Archdiocese of Onitsha, Diocese of Awka, Abakaliki, Awgu, Enugu, Nnewi, and Nsukka. The highpoint of the evening was special prayers by the members for God’s protection and guidance of governor Obiano his family and Anambra state government officials.