Imo SWAN celebrates Bishop Oparaojiaku at 60

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The Imo State chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) was among millions of people and groups that celebrated the Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema Anglican Diocese, The Rt. Revd. Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku on his 60th birthday
The event which was held with a special Thanksgiving church service at the St. Peter’s Cathedral Umuokanne Ohaji, witnessed who is who including the former Governor of Imo State Chief Ikedi Ohakim and his wife Barr. Chioma Ohakim, the House of Representative member for Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru East Federal Constituency Hon. Kinsley Uju Chima, among others
The SWAN members used the historic event to present a masterpiece sculptural bronze as a birthday gift to the Bishop
The Grand Patron of National Leadership of SWAN and the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim dramatically volunteered and presented the gift to the Bishop in a grand style
Ohakim was in 2010 decorated as the association’s Grand Patron by the National Leadership of SWAN in view of his immense contributions in sports development, growth and transformation not only in Imo State but Nigeria at large as he piloted the affairs of the state from 2007 – 2011.
He used the event to congratulate Mr Everest Ezihe for his emergence as the Chairman of Imo State SWAN while expressing gratitude to the association for remembering His Lord Bishop whom he described as a true servant of God.
He enjoined members of the association to remain focused and committed in the ethics and tenets of their Journalism profession.
Also, speaking the Co-Chairman of the Bishop’s 60th birthday cum book launch planning committee Engr. Raymond Ogara, who is former president Council of Knights of Saint Christopher of the Diocese described the celebrant as “God sent” in view of his contributions in the upliftment of the diocese and its populace.
Ogara recalled that the Bishop’s birthday which is an annual event was supposed to have been held in March this year but due to the coronavirus pandemic the events were shifted as dated.
The Co-Chairman opined that the diocese never taxed members for the celebration but rather few people, philanthropically, bankrolled the bills justifying their appreciation of the Bishop’s selfless services to humanity and Christendom at large.
He pointed out that the celebrant is also on a mission of converting the people to worship God in truth and spirit recalling how he discouraged most Christians of the Diocese from attending their foremost Owu Cultural Fiesta.
According to him ” Bishop Oparaojiaku has alleviated the sufferings of many indigent members of the diocese and equally uplifted them spiritually through his educational and entrepreneurship Foundations.
He said that it’s under the instrumentality of the hard work of the Bishop that Umuokanne which was a church rose to the position of a Parish with 6 churches, with additional 5 new churches under the parish planted
He said that within a short period, he has built the Parish into Cathedral, geometrically expanding with lots of infrastructural developments.
Ogara passionately appealed to the diocesans to give the Bishop maximum support insisting that the man of God means well to Christendom and the populace.
In his voice, the traditional ruler of Assa Autonomous Community HRH Eze Emma Assor congratulated the Bishop for clocking 60years looking healthy and lively.
The Monarch thanked God for the life of the Bishop whom he described as a good man who has come to salvage and proclaim the word of God in the Diocese
He prayed to God Almighty to keep and give the Bishop more wisdom and grace to continue to work in his vineyard.

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