By Ononye VC
The Christ the King Catholic Church,(CKP) Onitsha,was a beehive of activities last Sunday as no fewer than 40 members of the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO)drawn from various parishes within Onitsha Region of the Archdiocese were admitted and installed as Mayors of Catholic Men Organisation.
The “Mayor” status appears to be the new rave and honour that has taken the CMO by storm as they became the envy and cynosure of all eyes at the ocassion.
The Mayors who drew the attention of all with their long tailed black suit,black bow tie and hat,also weilded black walking sticks as part of the uniform to show for it while their wives were dressed in different colourful attires.
The installation was done by the Chaplain of the CMO, Archdiocese of Onitsha,Rev Fr Sampson Ogbuebune assisted by the Regional Chaplain,Rev Fr Charles Okwummuo and a visiting priest.
During the investiture,the candidates were prayed for and blessed by the priests after pledging their obedience and loyalty to the association and the church.
Delivering a homily,Rev Fr Ogbuebune told the candidates that their elevation to the status of CMO Mayors came with honour and responsibilities.
Fr Ogbuebune drew a distinction between Christian spirituality and Catholic spirituality adding that most faithful have shifted from Christ and manufactured their own type of spirituality,which is the reason there is trouble everywhere.
He charged the Mayors saying,”any title given to you should be in the service of God and humanity”.
The Onitsha Archdiocesan President General of CMO,Sir Evaristus Uba,who is being tipped the Grand Mayor, commended officials of the CMO Onitsha Region led by the President, Mayor Chukwukelu Okudo for the successful hosting of the event.
He stated that he was putting everything in place to ensure that the CMO Archdiocese of Onitsha takes its rightful place in the scheme of things.
The Regional President Mayor Chukwukelu Okudo expressed delight at the success of the event and attributed it to the maximum cooperation of his executive and other members.
In his remark,the chairman of the planning committee and Deputy Noble President of Mayors,Onitsha Region,Mayor (Sir) Paulinus Mbanugo expressed joy that the new members have come on board to advance the work of God.
Contributing,a member of the planning Committee,Prince (Mayor) Gabriel Obiorah expressed delight that the event played out excellently well and thanked all who made it a success.
Other members of the planning committee are Mayors,Andy Akanonu,Vitus Enwerem, and Joe Nweke.
Others are,Mayors Ossai Chukwudi,Basil Muojiuba and Ernest Martin Iheka.
Prominent politicians who sent goodwill messages to the Mayors include Senators Stella Oduah,Andy Uba,Dr Chidozie Nwankwo,Prof Charles Soludo,Dr Obiora Okonkwo,Dr Godwin Maduka,Ukaigwe Chika Mathias and many others.
By Ononye VC