The Second Republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Anambra state Governor Chief Willie Obiano and the leader of Progressives People's Alliance (PPA) Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, were among the dignitaries honoured by the Anglican Diocese of Aguata during its 10th anniversary.
The award given to the dignitaries were part of the activities which featured during the one week celebration that ended at the Cathedral of St. John, Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state.
Speaking shortly before the awards, the Archbishop of Aguata Diocese, His Grace Most Rev. C.O. Efobi said the awards were for their individual contributions to the work of God in the Diocese and in the development of the nation.
Most Rev. Efobi who is also the Dean Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, said that the awardees had contributed immensely towards the successes recorded by the Aguata Diocese which was created in 2005.
The award recipients included Sir Engr. Anayo Bedford Onwuegbu from Enugu state, the oldest and longest serving traditional ruler in Anambra state, HRM Igwe Kenneth Orizu of Nnewi, Late Igwe M.N. Ugochukwu ofUmunze; late Ven. Bernard Chukwurah Igilige, Most Revd. J.A. Onyemelukwe; Igwe G.O. Ezechukwu of Umuchu; Dr. Raymond Chukwugozie Obieri and Sir Jonah Onyebuchi Eze.
Earlier in his sermon at the church service to mark the 10th anniversary, Archbishop Efobi expressed gratitude to God for great things he had done for the Diocese and the nation at large.
He traced the history of the Diocese which took off with five Archdeaconries, and has risen to 12.
Archbishop Efeobi who anchored his sermon on Psalm 126 verse 3 called on Nigerians to renew their faith pointing out that faith was essential in the work of God.
He told the congregation that God never reneges in his promises to mankind.
According to him, although our problems were numerous but God was greater than all the problems we have.
He stressed the need for people to intensify in prayer which he said was essential in working with God.
Fielding question from Journalist at the end of the ceremony, the leader of PPA and proprietor of Orient Newspapers, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo expressed gratitude for the honour done to him and said it was a call for greater service to God and the Diocese.
Also answering a question, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu said it was a privileged for anybody to contribute to the work of God.
He called on Nigerians to always use their resources to serve God.
Dr Sam Ezenwafor a participant at the epoch ceremony thanked God for giving the diocese willing men and women to work in his vine yard.
He said that the award would act as a stimulant to other faithful to use their God given wealth in evangelism and humanity.
In his own contribution, the Chairman of the Anniversary Planning Committee, Arch Christian Ike thanked all those who contributed in making the anniversary a success.