Orlu, 22 May, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
In the wake of security threats in Nigeria’s Imo State, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu located within the region has sought to reassure the people in the affected areas of the West African nation of the presence of God amid “fear and anxiety.”
In a statement issued Monday, May 17, Bishop Bishop Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma says, “In this moment of heightened tension, fear and anxiety, I would like to reassure our people that God has not and will never abandon His people.”
Bishop Ukwuoma recalls the events in the region covered by his episcopal see saying, “In these days, Orlu has been in the news for the wrong reasons, namely, constant armed clashes between security agencies and unidentified gunmen leading to casualties, wanton destruction of properties, disruption of daily activities, closure of banks and public institutions, heightened tension, fear and hopelessness.”
“At this moment, His word, ‘Do not be afraid’, is a constant reminder of His abiding presence and unfailing support,” the Nigerian Bishop reassures the people of God in Imo State in his May 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa.
He continues, “God calms the heat of war, the storm of ravage, and the wind of extermination. Let us hold firmly unto His unfailing word. Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and of good courage.”