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Catholic Bishop Rejects Award From Ebonyi State Governor – Demands Murder Charge Against Priest Dropped

Catholic Bishop Rejects Award

Catholic Bishop Rejects Award Insist He Is Not Qualified For It

The Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter Chukwu, rejects honorary award by Governor David Umahi‘s nomination for the maiden State Honours Award 2022 as Commander, Ebonyi Hall of Fame.

Bishop Chukwu who was appointed as bishop on July 6, 2021 by Pope Francis, insisted the award be given to his predecessor of Most Rev Michael Okoro.

In response to the governor through a letter the clergyman said he was surprised by this award because he hasn’t spent a long time in the office and he his still trying to find his footing.

The statement read;

Compliments of the season and may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forever. Amen.

“I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter notifying me that I have been selected for the Maiden State of Honours Award 2022 as Commander, Ebonyi Hall of FAME. I am pleasantly surprised that I was selected for such a prestigious honour by your government.

“I wish to sincerely thank you for your thoughtful consideration in selecting me for the maiden edition of State Honours Award. I am grateful to you and your government for deeming me fit for the award.

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“Your Excellency, I wish to respectfully decline this award. I am barely one year in office. I am still struggling to fit into the high demands of the ecclesiastical office of the Bishop.

“So, I feel that I have not achieved much as to deserve an award. If I may suggest, I would rather wish that this award be bestowed on my predecessor, Most Rev. Michael Nnachi Okoro, for his long and meritorious service to God and humanity. Rather than give me an award, I would prefer you set in motion, actions that would facilitate the termination of murder and sundry charges against my priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Ngwuta.”

Accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest esteem and regards as you pilot the affairs of the State. Be assured of my constant prayers for you, your government and the good people of our dear State.”

Jolomi Dekolo
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