- Bishop of the crisis-ridden Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, most Reverend Peter Okpalaeke has resigned his appointment.
- The Catholic church is said not disclose when Opkalaeke tendered his resignation letter to the Vatican
- Director of social communications, Catholic secretariat of Nigeria, Reverend Chris Anyanwu has confirmed the occurrence
The Bishop of the crisis-ridden Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, most Reverend Peter Okpalaeke has reportedly resigned his appointment without disclosing the cause for the resignation letter which he tendered to the Vatican.
Daily Sun reports that the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis appointed most Reverend Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, as the apostolic administrator of Ahiara Diocese.
The development is contained in a terse statement released by the director of social communications, Catholic secretariat of Nigeria, Reverend Chris Anyanwu on the sideline of the ongoing first 2018 plenary of the Catholic bishops conference of Nigeria.
According to Anyanwu, ''Following the resignation of Most Revd Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of Ahaira Diocese, as a result of the crisis that has lingered for nearly six years in that diocese, His Holiness, Pope Francis, has today appointed Most Rev Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of Umuahia, as the apostolic administrator of Ahaira Diocese.''
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Anyanwu added that the appointment of Ugorji is with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese in Enugu state commiserated with the Muslim community over the destruction of the central mosque at Oguurute in Enugu Ezike.
The diocese said the attack on the mosque by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is irresponsible and unfortunate.
Having paid a visit to the mosque and the Imam a day after the attack, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese Most Reverend Professor Godfrey Onah said the attack came to him as a shock.
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