ABIA, Nigeria – The Anglican Bishop of Isiukwuato Diocese, Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, Rt Rev Manasses Okere has said that God was not responsible for the coronavirus virus disease which is currently ravaging the world.
Okere said even though God did not bring the disease upon the world, He was aware that the disease would come at the time it did, and also allowed it to happen, so as to achieve a purpose.
Bishop Okere spoke as the guest preacher at the 12th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Awka, Anambra State, which held at All Saints Church, Amaenyi, Awka South local government Area, Anambra State with the theme, “God of Eternal Destiny and His Major Attributes”.
The clergy stated some of the blessings of the COVID-19 pandemic to include; uniting families, reviving prayer lives of Christians and manifesting God’s might.
“God is aware COVID-19 will come the time it came. Nothing happens to God by surprise. He is in charge of his creatures. All things worketh together, whether good or bad for the good of God’s children.
“COVID-19 has brought good fortunes, though has caused havoc. It has re-united families. People sat down with their families to pray.
“People have turned to God knowing that science has failed. It’s not God that brought it, but he was aware that it was coming, and will work out His purpose through it.
“COVID-19 has also exposed the weakness of our health sectors, exposed us globally. We thank God for the efforts so far, though with a mixture of politics. We continue to look unto God,” he said.
Earlier, the host, Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Anglican diocese of Awka, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim prayed that Christians won’t be found wanting at the end of the Christian race in heaven, particularly Church leaders.
Highlight of the 12th synod of the diocese was the distribution of free face masks to the synod delegates and guests by the President of Mothers’ Union, women’s and Girls’ Guild, Mrs Martha Ibezim.