SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
KUDOS FOR ANGLICAN’S ELECTION OF BISHOPS, ARCHBISHOP
Over 150 bishops of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, led by the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, met at Ibru Centre on 6th July, 2011 for the elections of some new Bishops and an Archbishop.
The convocation was preceded by a service of Holy Communion led by Most Rev. Michael Olu Akinyemi, Bishop of Igbomina Diocese and the Archbishop of Kwara Ecclesiastical Province. The lessons at the service were read by Rector, Ven. Ernest Onuoha Acts 1v21-26 and the Chaplain of the Centre, Rev. Canon Gabriel Kpagban, Luke 6v12-16, respectively.
Preaching a sermon at the service, Most Rev. Amos A. Madu, Bishop of the Diocese of Oji River and the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, spoke on how the early church guided by the Holy Spirit of God chose Matthias to fill the vacant post created by Judas Iscariot one of the twelve Apostles who fell by the wayside as a result of his wickedness. The Archbishop cautioned that the choices to be made, for four persons were to be elected as Bishops and one Bishop as an Archbishop – was very important as a wrong choice will affect the future spiritual life of the church. He concluded by saying that God will use the Bishops gathered to choose persons after His own heart.
We thank God, for the Bishops gave room for the operation of the Holy Spirit of God. At the end of their special prayer session, followed an election that produced the following:-
Name Present Location Present Diocese Proposed See
1. Ven. Christian Ugwuzor, St. James Church Egbelu Eziukwu, Aba, Aba
2. Ven. Monday Nkweagu, Christ Church Achi Agu, Ngbo, Abakaliki
3. Ven. Marcus Madugu Dogo, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Kebbi, Kafanchan
4. Very Rev. Jacob Kwashi, St. Michael’s Cathedral Kaduna, Kaduna, Zonkwa
5. Rt. Rev. Ikechi Nwosu, Diocese of Umuahia, Umuahia, Aba Province
Announcing the results of the election on 7th July, 2011 during a press briefing at the centre, the Primate Most Rev, Nicholas D. Okoh was thankful to God for the election was peaceful and successful too. He commended his brother Bishops for the able and matured way they followed through in the election process. He was optimistic that those elected Bishop and Archbishop will not let the Communion and God Himself down. Part of the beauty of the election was how history repeated itself. In 2003, the then Bishop of Aba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Prof. Augustine Iwuagwu retired and the then Bishop of Umuahia, Rt. Rev. Ugochukwu Ezuoke was translated to the See of Aba and the then Ven. Dr. Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu was elected to be the new Bishop of Umuahia Diocese.
At this election also, now Most Rev. Ugochukwu Ezuoke, the Archbishop of Aba Ecclesiastical Province is retiring and the successor elected to take over from him as Archbishop, is the same Rt. Rev. Ikechi Nwosu, what God’s incidence.
We at the centre are grateful to God for these new four Bishops and also thankful to God for the elevation of the first Rector of Ibru Centre, Rt. Rev. Ikechi to the post of an Archbishop. God is always at work and will sustain what He has started. Kudos therefore to the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion for her ability to conduct a peaceful and successful Episcopal elections. The Church of Nigeria no doubt is in a safe hand under the able leadership of Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, a great man of God, focused, highly disciplined, evangelical, accommodating, full of grace.
Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,