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Buhari hails Dorgu’s appointment as 13th Bishop of Woolwich




The Church of England’s appointment of a Nigerian, Woyin Karowei Dorgu, as the 13th Bishop of Woolwich is gladdening and reassuring, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is contained in a congratulatory message he sent through his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa to the new Bishop.

The letter reads in part: “Your appointment is gladdening and reassuring being the first black man to be so appointed in 20 years.

“This is an attestation to the fact that Nigerians in the diaspora are excelling in their various fields of human endeavours, thus projecting a good image for the country abroad.”

The President hoped and prayed that Dorgu’s appointment would serve as a catalyst for others in the region as well as enhance Nigeria’s spiritual rejuvenation.


“You have worked really hard and earned the respect of the Church of England to be so appointed. With you on this, we are sure you will continue to contribute your quota to the success of the Church”, he added.

The SSA expressed the willingness of the President to receive Dorgu in Nigeria and rejoice with his unique feat, which Nigeria as a country is very proud of.

Dorgu will be consecrated at Southwark Cathedral on March 17, 2017.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Dorgu was trained as a medical doctor in Lagos before being ordained in the United Kingdom. He has since served as a minister in various London parishes.

Dorgu said he hopes to embrace the diversity of Woolwich, which hosts a significant Nigerian expatriate community, and to encourage more ethnic minorities to participate in the ministry, which is predominantly white.

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