Anglican Church Consecrates Three Bishops

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The Church of Nigeria, Anglican communion, on Sunday consecrated three bishops.

The ceremony took place at All Saints’ Cathedral,Onitsha ,Anambra state.

The Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Oko,presided over the consecration.

The new bishops are: Moses Bukpe Tabwale( Gwagwalada diocese), Johnson Nwaohalama Ekwe(Niger West), Dr Isaac Iwabi Oluyamo(Ijesa North).

In his sermon,the bishop of Akoko diocese, Gabriel Akinbiyi enjoined christians to always thrive to lead examplary life.

He expressed dissatifaction at the spate of crimes in society these days,regretting that more often 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.

In his charge,the Anglican Primate, Okoh tasked the newly consecrated bishops to be dilligent in their service to God and humanity.

He said “be a shephard 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”,Oko said.

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

He congratuted the new bishops on their appointment and reminded them that their service goes beyond the Anglican church.

Former deputy governor of the state,Dame Virgy Etiaba and the wife of the incumbent governor of the state,Mrs Ebele Obiano were among the dignitaries who attended the consecration service.

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