Prefect General of the Congregation of Evangelism, His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, was in Owerri recently to attend the centenary celebration of the Arch. Diocese of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province.
On a courtesy call visit to Governor Rochas Okorocha, he expressed satisfaction over the tremendous transformation that has taken place in the state especially in the area of evangelism and human development. He applauded the significance of the centenary celebration, pointing out that it was a seed sowed 100 years ago, at a particular point in Imo state that has grown into an Arch diocese.
Cardinal Filoni commended Governor Okorocha, for capital and human development in the state, saying that governors are those who must in the name of God, exercise their power for the good of the people. He assured that the church must continue to support and pray for his government and the nation for justice and peaceful co-existence even as he thanked him for his hospitality and provisions of security.
In response, Governor Rochas Okorocha expressed joy for hosting His Eminence Fernando Filoni and described his visit as a blessing to the state. Governor Okorocha used the occasion to appeal to the Pope representative to call for a conference of political and religious leaders for effective development of the people and to address and to address global leadership challenges. He pointed out that such step would go a long way towards achieving the desired leadership that will help the society.
Governor Okorocha decried the spate of Western culture spillage in the country and called on the Pope to put a ban on pornography and nude clubs which in his opinion contributed to ravaging the society. He noted that the Catholic Church was a worthy partner in the state, especially in the area of ensuring quality leadership, truth, and people’s welfare, and commended the Arch. Bishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Arch. Bishop Anthony Obinna for his outstanding contribution in this regard.