On Sunday 10th January 2015, former Anambra State Governor, Senator Jim Nwobodo renewed his wedding vows to his second wife. At the thanksgiving mass which held at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu, 64-year-old presiding Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, regretted the inequalities between the public office holders in Nigeria and the masses and also spoke about the fragmentation of Nigeria.
Since the ordaining of the Philosophist and Theologist, Kukah has been involved a couple of political and religious brouhahas due to the controversial nature of his speeches. The University of Ibadan graduate and PhD holder from University of London’s School of Oriental, did not hesitate to voice out his views about the current state of Nigeria with regards to the religious and ethnic war going on in the country.
Bishop Kukah regretting that Nigeria is today a country that is more divided than united, said that this had resulted in persistent crisis and youth restiveness in the nation. He called on the Igbos as a people with a common language and culture to be united and ensure security and peace in the area to actualize socio-economic development.
He observed that life does not depend only on power and money, and enjoined Christians irrespective of their denominations to close ranks and strive towards evangelism which is the common goal.
Kukah, who gave a homily during the holy mass, which also coincided with the service to mark the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance /Appeal Fund Week warned the catholic faithful not to be over excited by feeling that they had gained where the Anglicans lost, adding that there is no gain and loss in the matter.
He also appealed to all Christians to close ranks and endeavor to achieve success in evangelism which is the most important Christian goal. Bishop Kukah Commended the Anglican Church for nurturing Chief Jim Nwobodo from birth till the time he joined the Catholic church.
He added that Senator Nwobodo’s entry into the Catholic church is a home-coming, recalling that all Christian churches pulled out from Catholic church, because of the protest from the then Rev. Fr. Martin Luther. He also warned that people should not judge others but should leave judgement to God.
The bishop expressed happiness that since the enthronement of Pope Francis and the emergence of his “down to earth simplicity and freshness”, the Catholic church had continued to grow.
On his part, Senator Nwobodo noted in a remark, that his entry into the Catholic church was a home-coming destined by God.
According to him, since he embraced Catholic church, things have started turning around positively for him and his family. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, who was the sponsor of the wedding with his wife Monica, took the first reading in the church service which was attended by top government officials, friends and relations of the celebrant, including Bishop emeritus of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most. Rev. Dr. Anthony Gbuji, and the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga.