The traditional ruler of Mbaukwu community in Awka South local government area, Anambra State, His Royal Highness Igwe Peter Nosike Anugwu has extended a hand of congratulations to the Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, and Bishop Diocese of Awka Anglican Communion, His Grace Most Revd Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim PhD as he celebrates his 60th birthday.
The gesture was expressed, yesterday, at the Palace of the traditional ruler when the Archbishop, accompanied by his wife Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim JP, other clergymen, paid a courtesy visit to the Royal father at his Mbaukwu Palace.
Speaking during the visit, Archbishop Ibezim said it was to appreciate the Royal father for his supports and contributions to the Bishop’s ministerial career and to the church’s and the community.
While Ibezim described the monarch as one of the longest serving traditional rulers in Igbo land, he lauded him for his ecumenism and transformation of his community into one of the best towns in the state. He, however, prayed God to sustain the Monarch to enable him continue to direct the town and deliver quality leadership to the people.
Responding, traditional ruler, Igwe Peter Nosike Anugwu, while expressing joy at the visit, described Archbishop Ibezim as a true son of Mbaukwu community who, he said, has made the community proud.
He noted that the Almighty God blessed the community abundantly by the gift of the Archbishop, stressing that since his emergence, he has had far reaching impact in the growth and development of the community.
Also, the traditional ruler of Awka Kingdom, HRM Igwe Gibson Nwosu congratulated the Archbishop for attaining the milestone in good health and extolled him for his sacrifice and role in the restoration of peace and harmony in his community.
Before the visit, the Archbishop commissioned Cultural and Arts exhibition at the Renaissance Modern Polytechnic, Mbaukwu, where some artistic works of the polytechnic students were put to display.
The Archbishop commended the staff and management of the institution for the various works of art the young polytechnic were able to produce within their young period of existence.
In the other events, the Archbishop performed the consecration of land at the St. Paul’s University Secondary School Nibo-Nise for the purpose of erecting a befitting multipurpose hall for the worship of God.
Highlight of the event was a novelty football match by the diocesan clergymen, as well as a final match between the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia; and Agulu Grammar School where the former pipped the later by a lone goal.