…As NUJ Chairman celebrates anniversary
Young couples who do not see reason to be patient and tolerant in their marriages have been charged to emulate those celebrating milestone in marriage.
The Parish Priest of St. Mark Catholic Church New Owerri, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha gave the charge in his homily to mark the 34th wedding anniversary of Chief Christian Akaraonye, the Imo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and his wife, Lolo Josephine Akaraonye.
Msgr. Akagha commended Chief Chris and Lolo Josephine Akaraonye for living peacefully in marriage for so long, as well as their commitment to the Parish, where Chief Akaraonye also served as the Parish Council Chairman.
In his speech, the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, while congratulating Chief & Lolo Akaraonye, condemned the polarization of NUJ in the State, warning that the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma does not encourage confusion. He made it clear that Imo State Government recognizes only one Imo NUJ, which is the one headed by Chief Chris Akaraonye and recognized by the national body.
The Commissioner used the opportunity to advise those causing confusion in the union to turn a new leaf as everyone cannot lead at the same time.
In his remark, Chief Akaraonye expressed his gratitude to God for having retired meritoriously from the Civil Service, as well as for the near completion of his tenure as Chairman NUJ, Imo State Council.
The NUJ Chairman extolled his wife, for her supportive roles, and thanked Chief Emelumba, traditional rulers of his community, the Catholic community of St. Mark, NUJ members and all those who came to rejoice with them.
The high point of the occasion was the renewal of their marriage vows and cutting of anniversary cake.
In a related development, couples have been advised to have patience with each other as nobody is perfect.
Msgr. Kevin Akagha gave the advice during the “combined” Mass for CMO and CWO held at St. Mark Church on Saturday, September 11.
The priest also advised parents to show similar patience and good example to their children, to enable them follow their good footsteps.
Reflecting on the Gospel, Lk. 6:43-49, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit; for every tree is known by its own fruit,” the parish priest cautioned parents to examine their own lives before descending on their children, adding that “your children watch what you do and what you say.”
Msgr. Akagha who is the Episcopal Vicar of Zone 12, Owerri Archdiocese said: “It’s not about talking. Example speaks louder than voice. You preach to them and you do something else. They are watching you. They know the type of company you keep.”
Msgr. Akagha also harped on the importance of being available to the family, regretting that some Christian fathers are seen at home only on Sundays.
“Your children need your presence. You pay their school fees and provide for their needs but you are not available; they don’t see you when they need you.”
He reminded such parents that their presence gives the children confidence and stability and advised those who have not been living up to expectation in this regard to turn over a new leaf.
He commended the CMO and CWO members for their support to the priests and the church and prayed God to grant them the grace to have patience for each other.