Group tells Uzodimma, Southeast Govs
A call has gone to Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma and indeed all Southeast governors to as a matter of urgent importance and in appreciation to God organize a grand civic reception in honour of two great Igbo sons who are occupying top most ecclesiastical positions in Nigeria today.
The reception has become imperative as a move to showcase these men of honor, thank God on their behalf and also to prove a point to all Nigerians that Ndigbo from the East can make Nigeria proud in leadership positions in all facets.
The two top Nigerian religious leaders of Southeast extraction in reference are His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and His Eminence, Most Rev Dr Samuel Kanu Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria.
A group under the aegis of Anglican Media Practitioners Roundtable (AMPR) made the appeal in a statement in Owerri weekend.
Convener of the group, Chidi Emeagi told journalists that Archbishops Ndukuba and Uche are from Imo state and since their emergence, neither Imo state government nor Southeast as a people have come together to formally receive them as illustrious sons of Igbo land.
AMPR revealed that while Most Rev. Ndukuba, the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria is from Ogberuru – Orlu, his Methodist counterpart Archbishop Uche hails from Ihube-Okigwe all in Imo state.
Emeagi who is also the Publisher of Nigerian Newsguide said the two positions were hitherto a strict preserve of other tribes in Nigeria particularly the Yoruba.
“I was growing up when Most Rev. Timothy Olufosonye was Primate of the Anglican church, upon his retirement in 1989, we were told that our great Archbishop Nwankiti was going to succeed Olufosonye but that did not happen. Most Rev Abiodun Adetilonye was rather presented again from the Southwest against Nwankiti who was the most senior prelate. After Adetilonye, another Yoruba yet in the person of Archbishop Peter Akinola was again installed the Anglican Primate by the year 2000. When another opportunity beckoned for an Igbo to become Primate, another sentiment was whipped up that Igbo should be considered but not from the southeast and Primate Nicholas Okoh from Delta State was installed”
“At Asaba on 24th September 2019 by divine permission and consensus of all the bishops in the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, a great Imolite then Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba was elected Primate of All Nigeria. The jubilation that greeted his election was terrifying and tsunamic especially among southeasterners”.
Emeagi continued, “In the Methodist Church Nigeria, we were hearing of His Eminence, Dr Sunday Mbang and Most Rev Sunday Ola Makinde as past Prelates of the Church but today, we have a great Igbo son and former Bishop of Owerri Diocese, His Eminence Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche as the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria after many years such position eluded southeasterners. These developments in the Anglican and Methodist churches in Nigeria I suppose are pointer to the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel for Ndigbo in Nigeria as all barriers seem to have been broken. I, as convener, Anglican Media Practitioners Roundtable firmly believe that 2023 Nigerian President of Southeast extraction is a possibility after all”.
The AMPR Convener therefore called on Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo state and all southeast governors to liaise with Anglican and Methodist Bishops in the region with a view to agreeing on a possible date and work out modalities as well, aimed at organizing a Red carpet grand civic reception in honor of His Grace, Most Rev. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Primate Anglican Church Nigeria and His Eminence, Dr Samuel Kanu Uche, Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria.