The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma on Saturday told the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo that there is no vacancy in Enugu State Government House.
The outspoken Archbishop said the people of Enugu State were at home and happy with the good work and uncommon leadership style of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who he described as “a non-discriminating,” politician.
Speaking during the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria held in Enugu, which had in attendance the Acting President and Gov. Ugwuanyi, among other dignitaries, Archbishop Chukwuma appreciated the governor “for his support and concern for the people of Enugu State, especially these children”.
He said: “Mr. Acting President, Enugu State is in the hands of God. Ugwuanyi is not a governor that discriminates against anybody and so no vacancy in Enugu Government House, because Enugu State is in the hands of God”.
The Archbishop disclosed that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s cordial relationship with leaders of other political parties was because he always, “gives respect to whom respect is due”, stressing that, “Enugu Governor respects elders.”
Dr. Chukwuma, who expressed gratitude to God for the successful hosting of the conference in Enugu, with the theme: “A Highway of Holiness,” equally applauded Prof. Osinbajo for his presence to address the youths on morality and values despite his tight schedule.
He stated that the Acting President’s presence at the event was because of his passion and love for the Student Christian Movement (SCM), an organization, which he said was established for the spiritual development of the youth aimed at securing their future as better citizens.
The Acting President in his speech enjoined Nigerian youths to rise up to the challenges of leadership, describing them as “the most vibrant,” segment of the population.
He declared that the youth should consider themselves as the leaders of today, not of the future as generally assumed, pointing out that “60 per cent of our population is made up of young people”
Earlier in his address, the National President of the Association, Rev. Eric Ighalo, who thanked Acting President Osinbajo, Gov. Ugwuanyi and Archbishop Chukwuma, for their support and active participation in the event, noted that it was a historic outing “for the Nigerian Youth and for Nigerian Christian students in particular.”
Highlighting the achievements and contributions of the association to national development and attitudinal change among students, the National President, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for, “his transformation of Enugu State”, describing him as “the most humane,” governor.
“He (Ugwuanyi) has continued to match words with action – even within the very tight funding of the state,” Rev. Ighalo stated.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, while welcoming the Acting President and other dignitaries to the state, thanked the National Executive of the SCMN for the honour in holding “this historic conference in Enugu”.
The governor added that, “it goes to underscore the fact that Enugu State is indeed in the hands of God”
He lauded the association, “for the remarkable progress it has continued to make in the prosecution of its mission of working for the acceptance of the Lordship of Jesus Christ by youths especially those in our educational institutions”
The governor further commended the body for its role in, “seeking to enthrone righteous leadership both in the Church and in the society by exposing the youth to the influence of the power of God through purposeful leadership training and discipleship.”