Peter Obi, Tony Chukwu, Others, Storm Mgbidi For Church Dedication built by ILo

St Mary’s Catholic Church Mgbidi, built by Hon.Ezenwa Collins Ilo and dedicated on Saturday, December 9.

By Onyinyechi Nwankwo

It was with utmost gladness and fulfilment of dream and desire to build a sanctuary for the Most High God that a young spirited man from Mgbidi in Oru West Local Government of Imo State,Sir Ezenwa Collins ILo in company of the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, a Chieftain of the rulling party, APC, Chief Tony Chukwu, amongst other dignitaries dedicated a gigantic Church he built for Mgbidi people.

Ilo, the Labour Party Federal House of Representatives Candidate for Oguta/Ohaji Egbema and Oru West Constituency in the 2023 general elections, on Saturday December 9, at the church premises, dedicated the well completed edifice to St Mary’s Catholic Parish Mgbidi, Catholic Diocese of Orlu.

Dedicating the church, His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma, Bishop of Orlu Diocese commended and congratulated Sir. ILo and other faithful of St Mary Catholic Parish in their undaunted effort in erecting and dedicating such a magnificent mansion for God, noting that the church is the soul of every community.

He averred that the dedication of the church is truly the dedication of God’s people in St Mary’s Church who are the living stones making up a living temple for God.

He  admonished the people to devote themselves in a special way to the service of God and humanity in all they do, praying God to  grant them the courage to reach out and take up the challenge and the blessing accruing from it.

Speaking, Mr Peter Obi, appreciated Ezenwa Ilo for presenting himself as instrument to be used by God to achieve such feat for God’s people, encouraging him who he called his younger brother, not to relent in doing the right things for his community, state and country at large.

The well celebrated LP Presidential Candidate, urged christians to always thread and remain in the right path, stating; “” we all live by the grace of God Almighty and so should endeavour to be faithful in our actions to the church and efforts to help the communities to grow and prosper.

Appreciating God for helping his dream to build a Church for Him come true, Ilo, said he’s very happy to have fulfilled his lifelong dream of building for God, adding that as a christian he has learnt the act of giving from his mother who was always eager to give to the service of God.

He said,” it was at the young age of about 15 years old that I decided and told my mother that I would like to build a church for God and I’m very elated it has become a reality. Even if I don’t achieve any other thing in life, I’m fulfilled that I have achieved that which will stand the test of time.

Sir ILo encouraged his fellow youths to emulate good ways and believe in themselves to succeed.

“I encourage other youths who have the capacity to embark on such noble deed to follow suit, it must not have to be building of church, it can be something else to benefit humanity, such as building schools or orphanages, those I have also done before as this is not my first service to humanity. With all hands on deck, development will spread across the state”.

Earlier in their address of welcome, the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Mgbidi, expressed their profound thanks to their illustrious son, Ezenwa Ilo for being generous in God’s vineyard which has amounted to the many achievements of the parish, appreciating also the Bishop for his dynamic leadership in building the faith of the people in the diocese.


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