The Arochukwu/Ohafia Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in Abia State has announced the sack of two gay priests.
This dismissal comes after several accusations and investigations on the two priests for indulging in homosexuality at the Arochukwu/Ohafia Diocese of the Church of Nigeria were found to be true.
After they were found guilty of being gay priests, the church issued a letter, “Notice of dismissal from ministry”, dated April 29, 2019, to them. The letter was signed by Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Johnson Onuoha.
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 persons dealing with the expelled clerics to be mindful as such could dent the image of the church.
The letter reads in parts:
“We wish to inform you that the following clergy 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 indulged 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 dismissed 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.”.
See copy of letter below.