. . . As Governor Ikpeazu Preaches Peace
By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says it has spent about N6.8 billion ($188 million) on Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria in the past five years.
A member of the National Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ikpe George Nkanang, disclosed this at Umuahia Stake of the Church during the launch of the 2019 Light The World One by One campaign, recently.
The Light the World campaign is a 25-step, 25 days charity acts and service-packed series of global initiative of the Church geared towards inviting people, irrespective of religious affiliation, race, or tongue, to act, serve and give, particularly to the needy, as Jesus Christ did.
The campaign launch was performed by Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who lit a candle.
In his speech at the occasion, Nkanang said that the Church, through its humanitarian arm – the Church of Jesus Christ Charities - has impacted Nigerian lives to the tune of $188 million.
He said part of the money was spent on the Amaeke Item water project, purchase of blood donation equipment, carrying out free eye surgery in Aba, provision of clean water and renovation of some structures in Abia Polytechnic, Aba.
According to him, the church also constructed the Okpumuobo Road in Aba which also led to the church located in the area, as well as the waterside bridge and embarking on a campaign against open defecation by providing water and toilet facilities to public institutions.
He explained that the event was organized to enlighten the public and guide its members and non-members on how to observe the programmes and activities scheduled.
He said the Church encouraged people to, every day, think of someone they could help or invite and minister to them as the Saviour did while on earth, one by one.
Nkanang said that a simple act, big or small, could spread the light of Jesus Christ, adding that the celebration inspired individuals, families, youth groups and congregations, to emulate Jesus Christ's example of service as was recorded in the holy scriptures.
Abia State Governor, represented by his Chief of Staff (COS), Dr A.C.B. Agbazuere, enjoined Christians to embrace, preach and live in peace with their neighbours in their day-to-day dealings with others, in a manner that reflected the character of Jesus Christ.
Ikpeazu also urged Christians to be fair with their neighbours and associates at work places in line with the injunctions of Jesus Christ on the love of neighbour as oneself.
He commended the Church for commitment towards the propagation of the Gospel of Christ in Abia State and Nigeria and urged Christians to start the transformation of society through their behaviour.
Earlier in his speech, one of the Area 70 Apostles, Elder Adeyinka Ojediran, from Lagos, explained that the programme ensured that Christians used the first 25 days of December to visit, talk to, and ensure the less privileged enjoyed alongside others.
Also, the Umuahia Stake President, Elder Samuel Ekpolo, stressed the need for peace building by helping the less privileged in society.