THERE is still no peace in the troubled Diocese of Ukwa [Anglican Communion] as members of the Christ Anglican Church, Akwete, headquarters of the diocese, have insisted that the embattled Bishop, Rt. Rev. Samuel Kelechi Eze must go.
The church members claimed that despite the directive from the Primate through a White Paper that the alleged second wife of the Bishop should not be seen around the diocese or have anything to do with the Bishop, she allegedly still remains with him in the Bishop’s Court.
But the last Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma-led Panel of Joint Council of Archbishops East of the Niger set up by the Primate to assess the implementation of the White Paper, exonerated Bishop Eze of the polygamy allegation, saying that it has investigated the matter and discovered that it was not true.
At the peace meeting last Wednesday, held at the Church, Chukwuma told the members of the church that his committee invited the alleged second wife, Gladys Chinazaekpere Nwosu and her mother as well as Bishop Eze’s family, including his father, to find out if the lady is actually married to the Bishop and that they said nothing like that exists.
Following allegation that the lady still participated in the Diocese’s last Synod, Chukwuma, openly scolded Bishop Eze for not obeying the directive of the Primate as contained in the White Paper that the lady be not seen around him again, but maintained that Bishop Eze does not have two wives, a position the church members strongly disagreed with.
Chukwuma also attributed the non-implementation of other adopted recommendations on the White Paper on the inability of the Bishop to have access to his office in the church and urged the members to allow him access to the church to enable him effect other recommendations.
But the church members openly rejected this approach and insisted that Bishop Eze must leave the diocese.
In a 26-paragraph petition dated August 21, 2018, addressed to the Primate which they said was “final position of the Laity of Ukwa Diocese on the matter”, they said Bishop Eze “must leave Ukwa Diocese”.
Signed by Chief Okere Eruba, Sir Goddy Okere, High Chief Nwamuo Okey and Chief Philip Agomuo, they said “the stand of Ukwa Diocese is that Bishop Eze has lost the moral and spiritual stand to shepherd the flock of Ukwa Diocese.
“We, therefore, plead with Your Grace to remove Bishop Samuel Kelechi Eze from Ukwa Diocese for the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion to survive. We have no doubt that if he repents he may be good for somewhere else but definitely not Ukwa Diocese”.
From all indications, the church members seem not to be willing to work with the Bishop again, it is now left to be seen how the Primate would resolve the matter for the good of the Anglican Communion. Days ahead will surely task the wisdom of the Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh.