The Archbishop of the Province and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, the Most Reverend Christian Efobi, penultimate week, bid farewell to the seat of the Anglican Communion, Aguata Diocese, where he was forcefully retired from active service.
Though his exit was sudden, Governor Willie Obiano joined communicants in the Anglican Province of the Niger to bid him farewell.
Archbishop Efobi was elected Bishop of Aguata Diocese in 2005 from the Anglican Diocese of Yola where he had served for 15 years and had also served as Archbishop of Niger Province for 7 years.
He retires from active service, having attained the retirement age of 70 years, although the end of February this year should have been his actual retirement date. He was asked to go by the House of Bishops for failing to discipline some priests in his diocese indicted of acts against the doctrines of the Anglican Communion, it was gathered.
Speaking at the Cathedral Church of St John, Ekwulobia, Governor Obiano said Archbishop Efobi had no doubt enjoyed uncommon grace of God in his years of episcopacy and was retiring in good health.
In his valedictory sermon, the outgoing Archbishop Efobi who recalled God's faithfulness upon him and his family throughout his years of episcopacy, thanked members of the Diocese for supporting his ministry during his stay with them.
He called on the clergy in the Diocese to avail his successor the required support to enable him to succeed, urging them to embrace love for one another and to shun hatred and division among themselves so as to move the Diocese forward.
For his part, the President, Joint Council of knights, Church of Nigeria, Sir Isaiah Ezezika, said it was a moment of reflection for the people of the Diocese in view of the Prelate's outstanding stewardship and the need to reposition the Diocese to move forward, praying God to grant him peaceful retirement and many more years of sound health and happiness.