Talent, Risk, and Responsibility: Advice from Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Ernest Obodo at Godfrey Okoye University
By Godwin Umeh
In a powerful sermon concluding the 11th convocation of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Ernest Obodo, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, urged Nigerians to harness their talents to draw people closer to God and to fearlessly take risks, emphasizing that these talents were divine gifts intended to yield meaningful results.
During a Holy Mass marking the culmination of the convocation activities, Most Rev. Dr. Obodo expressed regret that, despite the presence of malevolent forces carrying out nefarious acts, positive-minded Nigerians have not done enough to counteract these evil activities. He underscored the importance of vigilance, stating that a lack of concern would inadvertently provide unpatriotic individuals with the opportunity to perpetrate further harm.
The Bishop passionately encouraged the faithful not to allow anyone to silence them but instead to utilize their talents as instruments of positive change within society for the collective good of all citizens. Dr. Obodo commended Reverend Father Professor Christian Anieke, the Vice-Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, for his unwavering leadership and commitment to education, youth development, and the progress of the nation.
In response, Reverend Father Professor Anieke expressed gratitude to Most Rev. Dr. Obodo for his consistent support of the university. He extended his appreciation to God for the successful and seamless conclusion of the week-long 11th convocation activities, officially declaring the event closed.
The Holy Mass, attended by the university’s principal officers, deans, directors, heads of departments, staff, and students, served as a poignant moment of reflection and inspiration, leaving a lasting impression on the Godfrey Okoye University community.