Impact Lives, Cleric Tasks Nigerian Leaders

A Christian cleric has enjoined Nigerian leaders to make positive impact on the lives of the people they lead, knowing that God called them for such purpose.

Dr Bassey Udoh, the President, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Eastern Nigeria Union Conference, Aba, made the call during the funeral service of the late Mrs Betsie Ikpeazu, the mother of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu at his country home of Umuobiakwa in Obingwa local government on Friday.

The text of Udoh’s sermon topic entitled “My Eyes have seen your Salvation” was taken from Luke 2:25-30 and Luke 4:18.

He said that every leader should have a mission statement just like Jesus Christ, who said that His mission was to set the captives free.

Nigerian leaders should have a manifesto and work on it to make the lives of the people better, he said.

“Wherever God has put you, he did so for you to bring change and to transform lives. Nigerians are suffering. Our leaders have been called to make a difference and to touch the lives of the people.”

Udoh prayed God to raise and continue to bring leaders who know that they have been elected to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.

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Also speaking, Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River said that the pain of the loss of a mother was too great a load to bear.

He, however, advised the Ikpeazu family to be consoled that their god-fearing mother was resting in the bosom of the Jesus Christ and would rise again on the resurrection morning.

Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti urged the bereaved family not to cry again, knowing that their mother was not dead.

Gabriel Udom of Akwa Ibom state urged the Ikpeazu family not to mourn stressing that their consolation should be that their mother left an example as a selfless servant.

Rochas Okorocha said that meaningful living was not about how much wealth one amassed but how many lives one touched in one’s lifetime.

He urged all present to work in the consciousness that they would one day be dead and would be judged by God.

Reading the funeral oration of their mother, her only daughter, Mrs Edith Ugboaja, described her as a “role model of womanhood, a peacemaker, a hard-working mother known for her love for all, honesty, dedication and perseverance in the face of difficulties’’.

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She said they would miss their mother but were consoled by the fact that she lived a god-fearing life.

Ikpeazu thanked all those who identified with the family and prayed God to keep those who parents were living and to console those who have lost theirs.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion included Govs. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Gabriel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Ben Ayade of Cross River, Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and his wife, and Dr Nkem Okeke, the deputy governor of Anambra.

Others dignitaries were Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu, wives of Delta and Enugu state governors, Sen. Theodore Orji and Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abia Deputy governor Ude Okochukwu.

Born on May 7, 1928, Betsy had served as a missionary nurse in many localities before retiring in 1994 at the Nigerian Christian Hospital, Onitcha Ngwa, Abia.

Three children survive her.