Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim, PhD, has advocated for a seamless delivery of impartial and non-discriminatory justice by the judiciary and all other agencies charged with justice delivery in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Amawbia, Anambra state, during a visit to celebrate his 58 years birthday with the inmates, Archbishop Ibezim insisted that access to justice was a basic principle of rule of law, hence the need for fairness, justice and equity in the judicial system.
He said that his ministry would establish the widows, empower the poor, touch lives as well as do the work of mission and evangelism in winning soul’s that are perishing.
Most Reverend Ibezim, flanked by his wife Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim, said he chose to celebrate with the inmates to give them sense of belonging and hope even as he assured them that God would intervene in their lives soonest for them to regain freedom.
He further advised the officials of the Correctional Centre not to forget that God is the ultimate judge, hence it is their duty to ensure justice and equity always and ensure that innocent ones regain freedom.
This, he said, would help in decongesting and reducing the burden in the Centre.
He enjoined Nigerians to ensure they don’t abandon the inmates in this COVID-19 era to enable them to have sense of belonging.
The Deputy Comptroller Of Correctional Centre Amawbia, Mr Edwin Akabueze, who was overwhelmed by the Archbishop’s visit extolled the Anglican Prelate for the visit which he said added to the life of the inmates, for since COVID-19 erupted, no one has visited them so as to prevent them from contacting the deadly virus.
Praying for Archbishop Ibezim and family, Anambra state, Governor Obiano and Nigeria, the Bishop of Eha-Amufu Diocese, Right Reverend Daniel Nkemjika Olinya noted that it pleases the Lord when one remembers the downtrodden, poor and destitute in their midst. He advised the inmates to know that their situation today is not the end of their life as in no distance time, they will rejoice and thank God for everything.
Also praying for the inmates, the Bishop Of Bauchi Diocese, Right Reverend Musa Mwin-Tula reassured them that their stay was another school of life that would make them stronger in the Lord and encouraged them never to return to whatever reason that made them incarcerated in the first place. He thanked Archbishop Ibezim for choosing to celebrate with the inmates on his birthday.
Highlight of the occasion was donation of coolers of food, drinks and water for the inmates and donation of cash to the workers.