By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
There is tension in the Anglican Communion in Abia State as Arochukwu/Ohafia Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has dismissed two priests for allegedly indulging in homosexuality.
Fides was privy to a letter entitled: “Notice of dismissal from ministry”, dated April 29, 2019, and signed by the Bishop of the Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Johnson Onuoha, circulated to all archbishops and bishops of the Church which stated that an investigation by the diocese over allegation of homosexuality was confirmed against the duo.
The letter stated that after it got wind of the homosexual allegation, it set up an investigation which confirmed that the two men were neck-deep in the act of homosexuality.
The memorandum which was also copied to the Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, warned any person dealing with the expelled clerics to be mindful as such could dent the image of the Church.
The letter read in part: “We wish to inform you that the following clergymen have been dismissed from the Diocese of Arochukwu/Ohafia. They are Rev. Chukwuemeka Duru and Rev. Solomon Chukwuzubelu Okonkwo
“The report got to us that they were indulging in the act of homosexuality. We investigated and found them guilty of such accusation. We were left with no option than to withdraw their letters of order (licences and certificates of ordination) and dismiss them from the ministry.
“Therefore, anyone dealing with these persons should tread with care, as such can drag the image of the Church to the mud''.
A staff member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Ugwuavo, Arochukwu, who spoke on condition of anonymity on the telephone confirmed the development.
'Yes. We heard such a thing, investigated and confirmed it. So, we showed them the way out. It's not actually supposed to come from me, but from the bishop. What you heard is true; there's something like that,' he said.