The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Engr Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji earlier today attended the Eucharistic Service for the Birthday Thanksgiving/Reception and Presentation of a Book of His Grace, Most Revd Dr Chibuzor Raphael Opoko TFG, DOB, JP, the Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia Diocese.
The Prelate of the Methodist Church, His Eminence, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, JP in his sermon thanked God for keeping the celebrant hale and hearty at the age of 60.
He said Most Revd Chibuzor Raphael Opoko is an epitome of great qualities whom he also described as a generous, diligent, industrous and transforming agent of God whose life of humility has made him stand out from the crowd.
The Prelate said the celebrant has served God and humanity and touched lives through his humanitarian approach to his flock and the people.
He prayed that God add more fruitful years in sound health to the celebrant.
In his vote of thanks the celebrant, His Grace, Most Revd Chibuzor Raphael Opoko thanked God for his mercies, love and steadfastness to him and his family, testifying that he is healthy to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee which could only have been made possible by the Almighty God.
He specially thanked the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Engr Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji for coming to celebrate with him and prayed that God sustain and lift the Speaker in all his endeavors.
The train of celebration moved to the International Conference Center, Ogurube Layout, Umuahia, where the guests were treated to a reception.
The celebrant cut his Diamond Jubilee Anniversary cake amidst cheers and prayers from those present.
The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Sir Ude Okochukwu, Senator representing Abia Central at the National Assembly, Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji CON, former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Peter Obi, Secretary to Abia State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, former NDDC Chairman, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu and other top government functionaries attended the special thanksgiving service and reception ceremony.