Former Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has received the World President of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, Pastor Ted Wilson, and a delegation from the General Conference of the Church, at his country home in Umuobiakwa, Obingwa, Abia State.
Dr. Ikpeazu, who is an ordained Elder of the Church, will be the host of the World Leaders of the Church who are in Aba for a 5-day program to commemorate the 100-year (Centinary) anniversary of the Adventist Church in Eastern Nigeria.
Dr. Ikpeazu thanked the World Leaders of the church for finding time to join in the centenary celebration of the Church in Eastern Nigeria.
“On behalf of my wife, children and members of the Church in Eastern Nigeria Conference, I am glad to welcome you to Abia State. We thank you for joining us in the centenary celebration. We also specially appreciate the opportunity of hosting you here in Umuobiakwa while on this important errand for God.
“We appreciate God for keeping us alive to be among the faithful celebrating 100 years of the Seventh-day Adventist in Eastern Nigeria. We are not better than those who wished to be a part of this great gospel event, but are not able to due to events beyond their control.
“Let me also use the opportunity of your visit to commend the leadership in Eastern Nigeria under Pastor Bassey Udoh, who God has used immensely to ensure that the church in this part of the world remains focused on the duty of propagating the 3-Angels Message and the second coming of our Lord.
“We are glad to welcome you to Umuobiakwa. It is our prayer that your stay with us will bring blessings to us here in this part of the world.”
Pastor Wilson, on behalf of the World Church, congratulated Dr. Ikpeazu, who is the first member of the Church to be elected Governor of a state, for the successful completion of his eight-year tenure as the governor of Abia.
Pastor Bassey Udoh, the President of the Church in Eastern Nigeria used the occasion of the visit to also appreciate Dr. Ikpeazu for his support to the Church in Union.
Nancy Wilson, wife of the President, and Dr. Paul H. Douglas, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters are among the World Leaders of the Church in Umuobiakwa.