Anglican Bishop of Ughelli Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odiboroghene Odutemu has told the former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori to always give thanks to God as he is alive for a mission.
Bishop Odutemu gave this charge on Saturday, March 10, at Ovwor Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area during the grand reception party organized in honour of Chief James lbori by the John Oguma Foundation.
The event which attracted a cross section of ministers of God such as Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, Bishop Cyril Odutemu, Reverend Father Dr. Ambrose Abaka and others also witnessed an overwhelming crowed of supporters from across the entire Urhobo nation and the State on hand to receive Chief James Ibori and his entourage.
Bishop Odutemu who took his reflection from the gospel of Matthew 7:24, urged Chief James Ibori to draw nearer to God as not everyone that went through the kind of travail he underwent are alive to tell their story.
The Anglican Bishop while referring to the adulterous woman in John 8:9-11, asked a rhetoric question if anyone any in the arena has not sinned.
He noted that everyone has sin, and told the government that everyone will not praise them but they should do the needful.
He described Chief James lbori as a great bridge builder but charged him not to allow his ordeal make to him retreat from doing good.
He added that not everyone gathered to welcome him are true friends to him but asked that government should accept criticisms but not to make critics enemies.
He called on politicians not to be deceived by the crowed as out of the crowed their betrayals will emerged.
The charismatic Bishop however urged Chief lbori to be closer to God and fervent in prayer.
He said as a leader, he need to be up and doing especially now that God has brought him back home safely.
… You are the political Jesus of our time, pay Primary School Teachers and Council workers, they are fainting in a speech directed to Governor Okowa who was also present at the thanksgiving, and Bishop Odutemu charged him to pay Primary School teachers and council workers even when the governor has said that this is not his responsibility.
In his words, primary school teachers and council workers are fainting, even if it is not your responsibility, you need their voted
He stated that Jesus as a leader was able to provide food for the people when they were hungry in the wilderness.
He described Chief James Ibori as the political Jesus of our time and as a result, he should provide food for the primary school teachers and council workers whom he stated are fainting.
He charged the youths to be focus and hardworking instead of being used as thugs. He urged them to utilized their God given talents to harnessed the resources in the land.
While calling on Deltans to honest in all their dealings, he warned sycophants to desist from misleading those in power for selfish gains while the masses suffered.
Bishop Odutemu while commending Chief James Ibori on his stand against the obnoxious and oppressive grazing bilk, he appealed royal father’s not to give or lease land’s in their kingdom to Fulani herdsmen as their cows destroys crops, farm produces and as well take the lives’ of the people.
He said; “Oil exploration has destroyed all our lands in the Niger-Delta, and now they’re no land to farm, nor give for grazing.