Against the controversy that trailed the immediate retirement of the Archbishop on the Niger, and Anglican Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Most Reverend Christian Ogochukwu Efobi, the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has failed to elect a new Bishop for the Agauta Diocese.
Efobi was retired by the Primate over some unresolved issues and was sent off last weekend by the Aguata faithful with select attendees from all organs of the church organizations, but no substantive bishop was elected at the end of the Bishops' Annual Retreat at Ibru Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
The meeting, attended by 145 serving bishops and 6 retired bishops, was presided under the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria with the theme: “The Episcopate and the Future of the Church of Nigeria”.
With this, Fides reports that an administrator will preside over the diocese until the election of a new bishop in February, 2018, even though the Anglican worshippers are demanding for an indigenous bishop. This is believed to be what is delaying the election.
The bishops in their 12-point communique, called on Church leaders to provide leadership based on the examples of the Apostles and to be alive to their responsibilities of daily walk with God, soul-winning, discipleship, mentoring and obediently serving God without minding the cost, while highlighting Christian virtues such as humility, self-denial, sacrifice, service and servanthood and righteous suffering.
While blaming Government's inaction on the escalation of the crisis in the land, particularly the senseless killings by Fulani herdsmen, the House of Bishops on behalf of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), commiserated with the family of the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, in particular, and the entire nation in general, on the demise of the icon.