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Diocesan crisis: Bishop to relocate with family, staff

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By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—THE Diocesan Board of the Anglican Diocese on the Lake, has authorised it’s Bishop, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti, to immediately relocate with his family and secretarial staff to any parish within the diocese  “until their security in the Cathedral is guaranteed.”

The Bishop was also mandated to “immediately set up a board of inquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the recent protest by Oguta parishioners at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Oguta, on July 14, 2018.”

These were part of the far reaching decisions taken during the board’s emergency meeting held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kalabari Beach, Oguta.

On the issue of indefinite suspension slammed on one of the pastors for alleged misconduct, the Diocesan Board commended the Bishop for what it called “the prompt disciplinary action and face- saving measure to protect the image of the Diocese.”

While affirming that the right of ordination remained the prerogative of the Bishop, the Diocesan Board also opined that the Cathedral belongs to the entire diocesan faithful and not exclusively to Oguta indigenes.

The delegates, numbering over 50, were unanimous in condemning the protest which prevented the Bishop from carrying out his statutory functions of the day, including an ordination service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Ejemekwuru.

They equally resolved that the Cathedral parishioners must write an apology letter to the Bishop as well as an undertaking, assuring the Diocese of the Bishop’s security and that of his family and secretarial staff.

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