…says his enthronement as a bishop provided him with platform to impact lives
Methodist Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Rt. Rev. Moses Nwakanma has described his enthronement as a call for higher responsibility, and not mere celebration.
He said the position provided him with platform to impact lives and take the young diocese to the next level.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after his enthronement as pioneer Bishop of the diocese, Nwakanma said contrary to notion in some quarters that bishopric position was to be celebrated, his called for sober and deeper reflection.
He appreciated the large number that graced the occasion, describing it as a demonstration of their belief in his ministry.
He said, “I’m a man full of burden. The only excitement I have is that I’ve been provided with a platform to serve in a higher capacity. It’s not really excitment but a sense of responsibility.
“I see myself as a man whose necessity is laid on. Many celebrate when they’re made Bishops, but for me, it’s a higher and tougher assignment which calls for deeper and sober reflection.
“I thank God for the number that graced the occasion showing they believe in my ministry through their support and are still ready to invest more. I bless God for them.
While regretting increasing cases idolatry and cultism in the area, the cleric attributed the ugly development to ignorance and impatience, trusting God to assist him in addressing the twin vices.
He said, “I believe that certain things are not corrected through violence. There’s need for dialogue and understanding on why people engage in certain things with the attempt to provide alternatives.
“I see them as those brainwashed, all they believe is let me get rich today and die tomorrow. But until they understand the purpose of their existence, they’ll continue to wallow in ignorance.
“It’s better to be patient and make money that will last, than get-rich-quick syndrome that will vanish away suddenly. I started small, but now a pioneer bishop with enormous work to do. But I’m not worried, because I know who called me is faithful.
“Worship of God and idols are too opposite that can’t go together. Those involved are ignorant of what they’re doing and need someone who will through love, care and dialogue make them appreciate there’s a better life in Christ.”