ANGLICAN Diocese of Nike, Enugu State, last Sunday bid farewell to its pioneer bishop, Prof. Evans Jonathan Ibeagha who has proceeded on retirement after a meritorious service as the bishop of the diocese.
The colourful ceremony which started with a church service centred on service to God and humanity, had in attendance Anglican faithful from within and outside the country.
Guests spoke on the qualities Prof. Ibeagha and his wife Prof. Mrs Peace Ibeagha were made of and their achievements in the diocese.
Some of the achievements of the outgone bishop according to them included expansion of the gospel of God by establishing and “planting of new churches in the diocese. On assumption of office, Bishop Ibeagha increased the number of churches in the diocese from 24 to over 100, Archdeaconries from three to 10 and number of priests rose to 98.
Bishop Ibeagha has to his credit the establishment of some financially viable ventures like the Conference Centre and Suites and an ICT Centre with state of the art equipment. The Anambra born cleric established 40 primary schools and turn the Bishop Otubelu Juniorate into an international school which has students from Malaysia, USA, and Britain.
It was revealed that his wife, Prof. Peace Ibeagha who has been a pillar of support to the bishop also followed the footstep of her husband and built a two storey female hostel with 48 rooms in the diocese. With the supports of women in the diocese, she established bread factory and gymnasium with modern facilities.
Speaking about the outgoing bishop, the incoming bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Christian Onyeka described bishop him as a team player, motivator and light that illuminates the minds of his followers.
On his part, Rev. Onyia expressed happiness over his privilege to work with Bishop Ibeagha he said. “Every problem has an answer only because of you. With your supervision and clue, I always turn the tide. Thank you for the preferment and giving me a raise. But more importantly, I want to thank you for identifying my skills and giving me a chance to prove my worth in the ministry”.
Ven. Angus Nnatu was among the priests that made the occasion worth the while.