By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Bishop of Warri Diocese Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Christian Esezi Ide, says 88.6 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty across the country, noting that the poverty-stricken population of Nigeria needs provision from the Lord.
Bishop Ide expressed dismay over happenings in Nigeria, pointing out that the country was gradually sliding into a totalitarian state, even as he hoped that God's intervention would deliver His people and protect them from danger.
He commended His Grace, the Archbishop of Bendel Province, Most Rev. Friday Imaekhai; Bishops; Mama Bendel; Bishops' wives; delegates; and the Local Organizing Committee for facilitating a successful hosting.
The Warri Diocese Bishop went down memory lane stating that the first contact of Christianity in Warri was in 1555, when Augustinian monks visited Warri.
According to him, by 1934, Warri had become a district made up of Warri and Burutu parishes in the Diocese of the Niger with headquarters in Onitsha.
He explained that the Warri Diocese was inaugurated Friday, January 25th, 1980, saying the Diocese began with archdeaconries, namely, Isoko and Urhobo with Warri as its headquarters.
He said that today, the Warri Diocese had grown and given birth to four Dioceses which were Ughelli, Oleh, Western Izon and Sapele.
He added that the Diocese was composed of the Cathedral, twenty Archdeaconries and four Chapels, spanning through three local government areas, including Warri South, Uvwie and Ethiope East.
Bishop Ide noted that out of the thirteen Dioceses that make up the Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel, the Warri Diocese ranked third after Benin and Asaba Dioceses.
He expressed gratitude to God and the Primate, His Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, whom, he said, the Holy Spirit used to fix the Standing Committee Meeting in Warri, adding that the meeting would come with blessings to the people.