Church consecrates 3 bishops in Anambra

The new bishops are, Moses Tabwale  from Gwagwalada Diocese, Johnson Ekwe from Niger West and Dr. Isaac Iwabi Oluyamo from Ijesa North

President Jonathan with Anglican Primate Nicholas Okoh

The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, on Sunday consecrated three bishops at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra State.

The consecration was presided over by Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh.

The Punch reports that the new bishops are, Moses Tabwale  from Gwagwalada Diocese, Johnson Ekwe from Niger West and Dr. Isaac Iwabi Oluyamo from Ijesa North.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Akoko Diocese, Gabriel Akinbiyi, enjoined Christians to always strive to lead an exemplary life.

He expressed dissatisfaction at the spate of crimes in society, regretting that Christians were associated with such vices.

Akinbiyi stressed that Christians should always show humility and love in their disposition, adding that without the two attributes there would be no unity.

Also, the Anglican Primate, Okoh urged the newly consecrated bishops to be diligent in their service to God and humanity.

He said, “Be a shepherd and not a wolf to the flock of Christ; feed them and do not devour them.

“Seek the lost, uphold the weak, restore health to the sick, lift the down- trodden.

“Ensure discipline but forget not mercy. Be merciful and be not too remiss,” Okoh said.

Addressing the church, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, described the occasion as historic and thanked the Anglican Church of Nigeria for bringing the ceremony to the state.

He congratulated the new bishops on their appointments and reminded them that their services should go beyond the Anglican church.

A former deputy governor of the state, Virgy Etiaba, and Obiano’s wife, Ebele, were among the dignitaries who attended the consecration service.


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