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In Awka, MOD celebrates founder, Msgr Achebe’s day

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IT WAS a great day as Man of Order and Discipline (MOD), Awka Zone joined their counterparts nationwide to celebrate the day of their founder, Msgr O.P Achebe, of the blessed memory.

  The event, held at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, G.R.A. Awka, on Sunday, was indeed grand as members came en masse to thank God for the priest of God.

  The parish priest, Fr. Francis Oranye extolled Msgr Achebe for his good works and thanked the MOD members for their efforts even as he urged them to continue the good work.

  On his part, the first vice chairman of the parish pastoral council, Sir. J. Ezeuchu, who is also an MOD patron had these to say;  ” I join the parish priest to welcome you to Aquinas Parish.

  The name, MOD is satisfying enough. It means that you are maintaining order, so we appreciate your coming and encourage you to keep improving.”.

  The chief patron of MOD, Awka Zone, Major Udekigbo Emeka explained that it is an annual event which they use to create awareness.

  “We are here in Aquinas Parish to give support to the MOD members, for the parish to know that the movement is serious. The  Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) is in support, so the bishop of every diocese is a grand patron. The movement is doing well in Awka Diocese because of Bishop Ezeokafor’s support. We train youths to be vigilant and security conscious. Our duty is to maintain discipline, order and security in general, mostly in Blessed Sacrament. That is why our symbol is host and wine, ”he said.

  He further appealed to the parish priest for maximum support.

  Zonal Chairman, Awka Commandry, Lt Ubaka Sunday said:   “Today, we celebrate our founder, Msgr O.P. Achebe. 25th January is the actual date but we shift it to the coming Sunday, every year. We are here to create awareness as MOD, Aquinas Parish is preparing for inauguration”.

  In their different interviews, an MOD Patron, Captain  A.J. Okoye and the vice chairman, Lt Okoye Chijioke (J.P) expressed their happiness concerning the celebration,  even as they thanked God for making it great.

  A member of MOD from Onitsha Archdiocese, Obiasogu Henry, among other things said:”I am here to celebrate with Awka Diocese because MOD is the same everywhere.”

Chairlady of MOD, Awka Zone, Mrs Uchenna Okeke had these to say; ”I thank God for everything. We are happy, MOD is plus one today.

 While describing the day as great, the Chairman of MOD, Aquinas Parish, Patrick Chukwuemeka Okafor appreciated everybody and prayed God to lead them home peacefully.

Some patrons of MOD, Aquinas Parish, including Prof. Chukwudi   Nwizugbo and Mrs Patricia Mbamalu identified with them and encouraged them to continue the good work.

  Highpoints of the event include parades and inspection of guards.

Msgr Achebe founded MOD in 1983. He died on January 25, 1997.

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