“To all those who allowed God to use them to build this Cathedral and for Himself, may God Himself thank you on our behalf,” he said during the dedication Mass attended by various government officials.
In his goodwill message on behalf of the other Bishops, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze congratulated the people of God in Nsukka Diocese for the accomplishment, terming the Cathedral “an edifice of great splendor and grandeur.”
“We highly commend your Bishop and his predecessor, Clergy, Religious, all Lay faithful of the Diocese of Nsukka for the strong faith, deep love of God and the boundless signs of sacrifice you have exhibited in the construction of this magnificent edifice, which stands as a great monument of your faith in God,” Archbishop Akubeze said in his message read by CBCN Vice President, Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji.
In the message, CBCN leadership also congratulated Bishop Okobo for starting the project, describing him as “a man of great vision, indomitable courage and indefatigable missionary spirit.”
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“The Cathedral is the dwelling place of God, a house of prayer,” CBCN leadership said and prayed, “As you assemble here as the family of God to pour out your hearts in prayer to God, may no petition presented in this Cathedral go unheeded.”
On his part, the Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi reminded those in attendance that the Cathedral would remain a “beautiful house of prayer only if we continue to live in faith and prayer.”
“In some countries, there are no more Cathedrals to build because there are no more faithful, no more Priests, no more faith,” the representative of the Holy Father in the West African nation said and observed, “This is a lesson for Nigeria to avoid in the future.”
The Nuncio added, “I wish and pray that this Cathedral remains alive because of your faith, because of your prayers, because of your commitment to Christian life.”