Nigeria Is A Great Country, ‘ll Be Great Again, Says MSSTI, Ikoh
*As he holds Thanksgiving Service
All roads lead to Methodist Church, Ahuwa Oboro, in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, as the Honourable Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh observes a Thanksgiving Service in grand style.
Speaking at the epoch making occasion, Ikoh, amidst optimisms, described Nigeria as a great country and assured that the country would be restored to its original state of greatness, hence the ‘Giant of Africa’.
In his euphoria, Chief Ikoh, thanked all for coming to celebrate with him and his family, saying “I want to thank everyone present here for coming to celebrate with us. I am humbled and we’re going to use this position in the interest of humanity. God will give us the strength, the ability to ensure that we do the right thing at all times.
“Nigeria is a great country; Nigeria will be great again. I want to thank everyone here; it’s not by accident, it’s by the grace of God and I want to thank the Almighty God; I want to thank Abia people and most importantly, I want to thank the Governor of Imo State. I want to thank the my people and I say God will do better things for us. And with the grace available, we’re going to run the race together and attain greater heights”, he prayed.
Earlier in his homily, the Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, Abia State and the Chairperson of the World Methodist Council, Social and International Affairs, Most Rev. Dr. Chibuzor Raphael Opoko, who recounted on the biblical Leper who returned afterwards to show gratitude to Jesus, as recorded in the Holy Book of Luke chapter 17, assured the Minister of more open doors of blessings.
His words: “The Bible tells us in Luke 17:11-19, that ten lepers were healed and only one came to thank Him and the one that came was a Samaritan, that means a man that was discriminated against. And because he came back, Jesus said, your faith has made you whole. So, he did not only receive physical healing but also spiritual healing.
“And today, I’m saying to you, Ikoh, for you that have come to thank God for making you a Minister and within a short period, you have this road construction going on, God will open more doors of blessings and elevations for you so you can be a blessing to others.
Bishop Opoko urged members of the body of Christ to ensure they m live a life of gratitude in their day to day activities, saying that same secures future blessings, as he enjoined them not to take for granted, the gift of life.
“And I’m calling on every member of the church to be thankful to God; to live a life of thanksgiving. That we’re here, waking up in the morning, saying we’re going to some place and we come back Hale and hearty is not natural because there are people who also have similar desire but they die while in their sleep; some who passed the same road we passed, also died in that road. Some who slept in the hospital bed we slept in also died but we didn’t die, so we should thank God. So, whatever we do, we should give thanks to God.”
Moreso, he used the medium to enjoin members and all living souls to endeavour also to seek favour from God, while calling for the need not to withhold our gratitude from any vessel through which they obtain favour at whatever point.
“I challenge everyone to always pray to God to grant you favour, also those who have laboured to grant you favour, thank them because when we show gratitude for the little one we get, we open the door for more”, he admonished.
The Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma who was represented by His Excellency Prof. Placid Njoku, engulfed in nostalgia, prayed for greater heights and God’s preservation upon Ikoh the Minister.
“We know that your days are just beginning; greater things are going to come to you speedily”, he prayed.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Famousreporters.com, Rep. Sam Onuigbo, Member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North and South Federal Constituency of Abia State thanked God for the life of Chief Ikoh “for remembering to come thank God for an elevated position as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that’s why we all have come to join him and celebrate alongside his family and other friends and associates. So, I’m very happy to be here”, he said.
The incumbent Legislator and candidate of APC for Abia Central Senatorial District., amidst ecstasy commended Ikoh for attracting and executing a road project, while also encouraging him to keep the light aglow, saying, “I’ll continue to encourage and pray for him to succeed”, he added.
Earlier, Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, who was represented by Sir Joshua Ogbonna, the publisher of Rising Sun Newspaper, congratulated Ikoh on his accomplishments within his short stay in office, evident in the construction of a road in his Ahuama Community.
“Ikoh has replaced my Principal who was the former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development. He has just been appointed and today, he’s doing his thanksgiving to show appreciation to God. This shows he’s truly a Christian and Dr. Ogah will always identify with anything that has to do with God. So, I am happy and he too is happy and that’s why he has asked me to represent him here.
“I want to congratulate him on the road he has just built for his people and also encourage him to do more for his people and the entire people of Abia State. I urge him also to extend the road construction to the Church, that’s my advice to him.
Sir Ogbonna also used the medium to implore the Minister to help provide employment opportunities for the teaming youths, saying, “in that way, he must have given glory to God and at the same time, done what we expect him to do at the Federal level.
Among other dignitaries present at the event which also witnessed the commissioning of Umundara Ahuwa Road by Sharon O. ikeazor, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, FCT, Abuja attracted by Ikoh were; a former Governor of Abia State and the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Dr. Theodore Ahamefula Orji, Chief Uchechukwu Ogah represented by Chief Joshua Ogbonna, Col. Austin Akobundu (Rtd), Chief Magistrate Nnenna Emenike, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo, representative of High Chief Ikechi Emenike, Chief Chidi Avuaja and other stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, etc.
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