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Ugwuanyi, Ezeilo, Others Honour Catholic Cleric, Obiora Ike

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu



Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State Governor, and Cecilia Ezeilo, Deputy Governor, were among the dignitaries that graced the 30 years anniversary of the Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) and priesthood of the founder, Prof. Obiora Ike.

Speaking at the event, Rev. Chinedum Anieke, the Director of the centre, said that the occasion was in commemoration of the advancements by the institute and the vision of the founder.

Anieke said that the event would also feature a book launch in honour of the founder in remembrance of his contributions to the growth of humanity.

“CIDJAP is a church-based organisation and social ministry arm of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu founded in 1986 in the vision of Prof. Obiora Ike.

“The institute has lived through these 30 years with an edge over other church-based organisations in Enugu and Nigeria,” Anieke said.

The clergy said that the institute cared for souls and other social concerns of Christian faithful.

Anieke said that CIDJAP was classified as the best example of providers of grassroots emancipation and holistic human development.

“The institute gives succour to the downtrodden, encourages African self-determination and inculcates in the people the spirit of hard work and dignity of labour,” he said.

Anieke said that the works of the institute encapsulated the visions of the founder.

Speaking during the anniversary Mass, Prof. Christian Anieke, the Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, said the CIDJAP was born out of a heart that loved to help the needy.

In a sermon titled, ‘The man we know, the man we can know and the man we may not know,’ Anieke said that the founder of the institute lived a well-determined and planned one.

He said Obiora was born on April 7, 1956 at exactly 9:40 p.m. before the arrival of birth attendants.

“His life from the circumstances of his birth has been meaningful including the act of saving the life of a man who was once sent to assassinate him about a year ago.


“I wonder how he gets to move with politicians without getting the political ‘Ebola’ by showing that nothing would ever stop anyone from preaching the gospel,” Anieke said.

The event also featured an international conference with the theme, “Witnessing Christian Action in Service towards Integral Development, Inter-religious Dialogue and Human Promotion in Africa.”