Rev. Father Cyriacus Onunkwo of Orlu Catholic Diocese who was kidnapped on Friday, September 1, 2017 and was found murdered by his abductors has been buried, with Governor Rochas Okorocha, Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, Commissioner of Police Mr. Chris Ezike and Director of DSS, Mr. Denga Abdullahi in attendance.

Speaking at the funeral service held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu, on Monday, September 25, 2017 (today) Governor Okorocha described the kidnapping and subsequent killing of Rev. Father Onunkwo by the Culprits as the height of ungodliness and wickedness, adding that the culprits would pay for their action.

The governor commended the Security agencies in the State for working round-the-clock to ensure that the Suspects were apprehended without delay, remarking that the late Priest had paid the great sacrifice, and expressed the hope that his sacrifice would help in eradicating crime in the land.

His words “Our brother has died and his death shall never be in vain. Thank God Almighty, the Security operatives have captured the killers and they will face the wrath of the law. I want to commend the Security agencies for a job well done as the Lord said, touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.”

He added “Since these people have touched the anointed and Prophet of God, the wrath of God shall visit them just like the way it visited Cain for killing Abel. Our brother has paid the great Sacrifice. We pray that his Sacrifice shall help us in eradicating crime in our land”.

The governor Consoled the Bishop and the Catholic Church in Orlu Diocese, and the family of the late Priest, telling them to take heart.

In his sermon at the funeral Service, Bishop Emeritus of Orlu Diocese, Bishop Gregory Ochiagha said those who kidnap or kill or involve in crimes do not know God and prays that God would touch such people and bring them to repentance.

He described the late Father Onunkwo as a Priest of high Spiritual standard who died in the hands of kidnappers and prayed that God would grant his soul eternal rest.

Okorocha champions Nigerian unity through cultural orientation

Owerri the capital of Imo State was agog during the weekend with presence of prominent traditional rulers in the country as the state held its maiden edition of OzuruImo New Yam Festival with the theme
Promoting National Unity Through Cultural Orientation. Speaking at the event in Owerri, the state governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, said he is always keen to consolidate the unity of
the country, adding that the presence of prominent Nigerians and notable Paramount rulers have dramatized his passion to promote unity in Nigeria.
Governor Okororcha, explained that theme of the Imo State New Yam Festival was carefully selected and the event was specially organized to kick start the language of unity in Nigeria and to inform the world that Nigeria is one, `our focus should be on things that unite us as a
nation and not on Boko Haram and IPOB. The governor totally condemned the activities of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu and stated that no reasonable Igbo man will support the secession or division of the country. He further maintained that every well meaning Igbo man has condemned IPOB in all ramifications, ` Igbo business men have real estates and other valuable assets outside Igbo land than in Igbo land, a man that wants to go for secession cannot build mansions in Lagos, Plateau, Kano, Abuja and the rest of the states`. Imo State Governor who also functions as Chairman Progressives Governors Forum condemned generalization of the activities of IPOB and
their leadership, he also suggested that the activities of IPOB should be seen as the project of Nnamdi Kanu and his actions should be singled out as an action of an individual. His words: we can see the Ooni of Ife and the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Imo, His Royal Majesty Eze Samuel Ohiri sitting side by side, for our sons and daughters, it gives them a sense of unity wherever they are, I want to appeal to wherever they are, I want to appeal to all to please remain calm, we are one and only one nation, an injury to one is an injury to all In his speech at the occasion the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, scored Governor Okorocha high for his numerous achievements, particularly in the area of infrastructure and free education, stating that he was highly excited at the level of togetherness, brotherly love and peaceful coexistence of different tribes in Imo state, I am feeling our togetherness here in Imo State, is high time we know that we are cut out from same cloth, it is one big family`, he said He maintained that he doest joke with the unity of the country because he is passionate about it. He said `Nigeria is a very unique nation with different culture, tradition and heritage, our diversity is our greatest strength, we shouldn’t write it off like that, we should look beyond our different backgrounds and look at how we can close the dotted lines. Another prominent Traditional Ruler in the country who spoke at the occasion was the Chairman of the Cross River State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Etimyin Etim Okon Edet, he described Governor Okorocha as an advocate of peace and urged all the traditional rulers to always preach the gospel of peace and unity. Adding his voice the Chairman Imo State council Of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sameul Ohiri described the theme of the event as timely, designed to strengthen the unity of Nigeria through cultural orientation and urged both the political and traditional institution to always be in
the frontline of promoting peace in the country. It was a two days event which started at the palace of Eze Imo at Mbari Street with speeches from notable paramount rulers in the country, while the second day was for cultural carnival; all the autonomous communities came with their cultural troops to showcase their cultural identity.

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