The house member representing Onitsha North 11 constituecy in Anamba state house of assembly Hon Edward Obiefuna Ibuzo ( Lived to deliver) on Monday congratulated the Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese His Grace Most Rev Dr. Valerian Mmaduka Okeke on the ocassion of his 40th priestly anniversary.
The lawmaker while hailing the prelate described him as the Nehemaih of our time.
His words: ” For the past forty years as priest of the most High God, you never relent in toiling in the Lord’s vineyard .
‘Your priesthood that later metamorphosed to episcopacy is a special gift to the mother Church, the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, and Nigerian Society.
I was privileged to be one of your Mass servers in the early 80s when you were young in the priesthood.
Your large heart and love for your Priests and your flock is second to none.
‘Today, your transformative administration in Onitsha Archdiocese has changed the face of the Archdiocese. Every sector including education, Health etc. under your care have recorded great improvement. Catholic schools in Onitsha Archdiocese are winning academic laurels in the national, international and world competitions because of your Interest in education of the young ones.
‘Those in the correctional center are not left out, as you have made it a tradition to celebrate your birthdays, christmas and Easter Sundays with prisoners every year. You regularly feeds the inmates, clothes them, takes care of their needs and transform them.
‘With out mincing words, we are marvelled at the litany of your achievements not just in the Lords vine yard but in the entire human race.
Our lovely father in Christ, may your days be long in your priestly journey and may the good Lord grant you more active years in his vineyard.” Hon Ibuzo prayed