In the words of Martin Luther King Jnr. ‘Politicians are called to be salt of the earth, to be light of the world, to be that vitally active leaven in the lump of the nation”
It was a historic event in the lives of both the young and old, as the people of Onicha-Uku, in Delta State troop out amass to celebrate their illustrious son Hon. Godwin Ndudi Elumelu, representing Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of Delta State, who fulfilled the vow he made to his community, by building a magnificent house of God, with state of the art equipment.
The observance engrossed personalities from all works of life, as commercial activities in Asaba the state Capital was at a standstill yesterday, owing to this great occasion. From Warri down to Asaba International Airport it was a celebration galore as Deltans troop out to welcome their son, right from the Onicha- Uku village, were guest were ushered in to the ancestral home of the Elumelu’s.
Citizens of the State trooped out and villagers from the nooks and cranny and other well wisher were on the street to catch the glimpse of their son who has salvage their plight, by fulfilling his promise of building a house of worship for them. While some of the citizens danced to the melodious songs being belted by traditional drummers, others were praising God for giving them Hon Elumelu as their representative. ‘I feel on top of the world seeing the joy this church and other developmental projects initiated by Hon. Elumelu to the people of Aniocha /Oshimili federal constituency. I want to assure you that the Delta State Government is solidly behind this giant stride embark upon by our son it an indication of good things to come” the Deputy Governor of Delta State Prof. Amos Utuana (SAN).
The Hon Speaker of the House of Representative Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his deputy Hon. Emeka Ihedioha ho had to suspend their pressing schedules to personally witness the occasion, later converge at Hon. Elumelu’s abode were the reception took place.
Interestingly all the Honorable members from the National Assembly cut across all the six geo political zones were also present to celebrate with their own.
Others dignitaries present at the occasion were: His Excellency the deputy governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuana (SAN), Her Excellency the first lady of Ebony State Chief Mrs. Josephine Elechi, minister of Interior Mr. Abba Morro, represented by the controller of prisons Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel Bassey, former PDP National Chairman Vincent Ugbolafor.
Others are: the commandant general Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps represented by Engr. Peter Ogwuda, Her Royal Majesty Obi Martha Dunkwu Omu Okpanam Kingdom, Delta State, His Majesty the Obi of Onuchugbo Kingdom Obi Chukwumaeze.
Others include: Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 5. Represented by Tonye .E. Ebitibituwa (D.C.P).
It was a crème de la crème occasion as dignitaries from all works of life including Commissioners from Delta State, former Governors, traditional rulers from all the kingdoms of Delta State, Local Government chairmen both present and former, Counselors and youth leaders, were present to witness this remarkable occasion.
The state of the art church for you are seeing here today is a promise I made to God that if he puts me through the challenges of electioneering I will build a befitting house of worship for his name to be praised, it’s also a manifestation of my vow to the people of Aniocha/ Oshimil that I will always be a servant and not a leader” through the eyes and lips of Hon. Elumelu.
Those who have had acquaintance with him will not hesitate to attest to the fact that he is a kind, humane, compassionate and indeed an altruist who readily offers assistance to the needy. He is also man of his words once he makes a vow to assist will ensure it is actualized. Its chronicle to his antecedent that the Diocesan Bishop of Issele-Uku Most Rev Dr.M.O. Elue and other priest took Elumelu’s promise of building a new church for the community with so much conviction.
Amos Ameh, A public affairs analyst writes from Asaba Delta State.
Too many churchification of Nigeria, Why donate a church donate Schools, build factories to create employment for youths not Churches. There are enough churches in Nigeria not enough schools. Please take your Church back and turn it into a school or factories and employ youths.