February 1, 2023 4:48 pm

Olujie Savours Investiture As Anglican Knight


On Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen’s, Anglican communion, Umuahia, Abia State, Sir Topaz Olujie and Lady Rita Olujie were knighted into the noble orders St. Christopher by The Rt. Rev’d. Geoffrey Obijuru Ibeabuchi, Anglican Bishop of Umuahia diocese.

From right, Abia State Head of Service, Mr. Onyii Wamah, Anglican Bishop of Umuahia diocese, The Rt. Rev’d Geoffrey Ibeabuchi, Lady Rita Olujie and Sir Topaz Olujie shortly after the knighthood investiture at the St. Stephen’s cathedral, Anglican communion, Umuahia.

Interacting with our correspondent shortly after the colourful event, Sir Topaz Olujie promised to live a life of more service, dedication to humanity and defend the Church 

He also promised to religiously obey the charge of Knight hood which includes sacrifice, meekness, humility and also bring to bear all these in all his private and public endeavours.

Sir Olujie who further described the investiture as a call for greater Christian service, which has been his Hallmark, thanked the church for the elevation.

Lending her voice at the moment, Lady Rita Olujie, who savoured her investiture as a Lady of St. Christopher, said it was an urgent call on her to rededicate her life to the service of God and humanity.

Lady Olujie, waxing philosophical, described the event as one that imposed on her, a duty to ensure justice and fairness to all irrespective of background.

According to her, the investiture is “about commitment to our God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth,” maintaining that “in all I do and in all I am going to do, going forward, I shall indeed rededicate and recommit myself to fairness, to justice to all, irrespective of colour, religion or belief.”

In a sermon captioned, “Appointed for Godly Exploit” drawn from the Bible book of Jeremiah chapter 1 verse 4 through 10, The Rt. Rev’d Stephen Kayode Akobe, the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, encouraged the knights to make themselves embrace goodwill, have good encounter with God and effectively carry out the responsibilities bestowed on them.

 He described the knights as soldiers of Christ, chosen to selflessly serve God, even as he reminded the newly inducted knights that they have been entrusted with God’s work should do away with procrastination and other sinful acts that might tarnish their relationship with God.

He further charged them to uproot any evil planted around them for the kingdom of God to flourish, as knighthood is meant to be a fellowship of people sharing love and not a cult.

Presiding over the knighthood investiture, The Rt. Rev,d Geoffrey Ibeabuchi urged the Knights to emulate the good virtues of Saint Christopher.

Bishop Ibeabuchi who also described the knights as the defenders of the Christian faith, reminded them that in times of hard economy as been witnessed in Nigeria presently, they are expected to be fair, just and defend the weak and also uphold the standards of Christianity in the Church, community, family and work place.

 He announced that the investiture was his first as the Anglican Bishop of Umuahia diocese.

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