Archbishop Ignatius C. O. Kattey on Saturday 26th February launched his book titled “Nine Horrible Days, The Story of the Kidnap of Archbishop Kattey” at the St Paul’s Cathedral Church, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
The book which has 12 chapters, also has 161 pages. True Blue Reporters was there and reports that the book contains,
Chapter 1: Day 1
Chapter 2: Day 2
Chapter 3: Day 3
Chapter 4: Excerpt from Archbishop’s Address at Uyo
5. The Journey that Led to the Kidnap
6. The God of Archbishop Kattey
7. The Beginning of my Release
8. Daily Communion with God
9. Early Morning Prayers
10. Solidarity Calls and Visits
11. What Goes on in the mind of the Dying?
12. Some Publications during and after the kidnap
Epilogue 1: Respect for Security Agencies
Epilogue 2: I forgive You
Speaking at the event, the special guest of honour, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Peter J. Akinola, former Primate of all Nigeria recounted how he was also kidnapped.
“All I have to say is that God rescued us. We thank God”
Dr. Akinola admonished the people to be careful as they carry out their duty and emphasized on the need for increased faith in God.
“In life, faith in God is paramount. If you ask me to show you a man of faith, I will not hesitate to show you Archbishop Ignatius Kattey”, he stated.
According to him, “I want to advise that all of us emulate Archbishop Kattey by putting our whole faith in God. I also urge you all to continue to support Archbishop Kattey in his retirement. I pray that this book Launch will be a success. I thank you all.”
True Blue Reporters reports that the book forward is by Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, former primate and metropolitan, church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
On his own part, the primate, Most Rev. U. Samuel in his speech stated, “we are celebrating today because God kept Archbishop Kattey alive. Not only did God keep him alive, he finished well”
According to him, “We are all gathered here to celebrate God’s strength upon his life. As we celebrate you, we pray that God will continually remember you and strengthen you”
He prayed, committing the event and those present unto the hand of God.
The chairman of the book Launch, commissioner for education, Rivers State, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku stressed on the need to emulate forgiving spirit from Archbishop Kattey.
“The identity of the kidnappers weren’t hidden, yet, when asked by the judge, he replied “i have forgiven them” he stated
He questioned how many persons can forgive likewise and further commended the Archbishop for putting up such a book. He encouraged participants to support him and his work.
On his part, Sir Chidi Adiele, Chairman of Organizing Committee welcomed the guests. He explained that the ceremony has been arranged to celebrate the servant of God and launch his book.
While he recounted the achievements of the dean emeritus, he said, “he’s a man of vision and prayers. He’s a tireless evangelist”
The book reviewer, Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs, former Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt in his speech stated, “when Archbishop Kattey called me on this assignment, I immediately recalled that I too was kidnapped.”
Nimi Briggs introduced the topic of the book and went ahead to review.
According to him,
“The book is in two parts, first was the Activities of the bishop three days before his kidnap and the second talks about 9 days of his kidnap. The book is a publication of the exercise of faith”
Also featured was a playlet written by Dr. Ovundah Ihunwo, showcasing the danger of getting involved and kidnapping a man of God