Ibeabuchi assumes office as third Bishop of Umuahia Diocese
Pledges To Teach And Preach Undiluted Word Of God
The newly elected Bishop of Umuahia Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Obijuru Ibeabuchi has assumed office as the third Bishop of the Diocese, following his enthronement on Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. Stephens Cathedral, Umuahia.
The 49-year-old Bishop Ibeabuchi, who was ordained priest in the same Cathedral on July 4, 1999 by the retired Archbishop of the same Diocese, Rt. Rev. Ugochukwu Ezuoke, elected bishop on August 21, 2019 and confirmed on September 11, 2019, was consecrated Bishop by the Prelate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Nicholas Okoh on September 24 at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Asaba, Delta State.
Bishop Ibeabuchi, who succeeds Archbishop Bishop Ikechi Nwosu, who retired at the weekend, after serving for 16 years, pledged that he would teach and preach the undiluted word of God.
He also indicated that during his regime, church workers would be undergoing training and re-training, and that the church shall put in place a sustainable system of taking better care of its workers.
He said while the church shall help its members in government and those in active politics to ‘shine the light,’ it would sanction those that misrepresent the church by their behaviours or actions.
A native of Oriendu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, Bishop Ibeabuchi, who is married to Gospel singer Ogechi Ibeabuchi, urged Nigerians of all religions and tribes to embrace peace for the progress of the nation.
Commenting on Ibeabuchi’s appointment as Bishop, a top member of the Communion, Mr. Kelechi Imeoria described him as being spiritually strong and having the capacity to justify his higher call to serve God and the church.
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