Positive reactions have trailed the election of Ven. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okoroafor as the new Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Egbu among both the Clergy and Laity in the diocese.
For the clergy, the election of one of them was indicative of the quality of the clergy in the diocese for which they are exceedingly grateful to the incumbent Bishop, Rt Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam who recommended the new bishop.
The President of Egbu Council of Knights, Dr Johnson Oleru, described Ven. Okoroafor’s election as bishop as “a prayer answered” while Mrs. Adeline Anoruo said the election of the new bishop elicited wide-spread jubilation in the diocese.
On his part, the most senior clergy in the diocese, Ven. Geoffrey C. Chima, saw the emergence of the new bishop as “spirit-filled”.
By the election of Ven. Okoroafor who was one of the senior Archdeacons in the diocese before his elevation, Ven. Chima opined, outgoing Bishop Iheagwam has demonstrated his absolute confidence in the priests that served under him.
Thanking Bishop Iheagwam for such trust, Ven. Chima recalled that he had always boasted that all his attainments were due to the quality of priests and laity at his disposal, assuring the new bishop that it is his good fortune that he has at his disposal the same materials that served his predecessor so well.
He assured the new bishop that having been chosen by God, He will equip, sustain and support him in his episcopacy.
The bishop-elect, 54, will be consecrated on 24th February, 2013 at St. Jude’s Cathedral, Ebute-Metta, Lagos as the incumbent Bishop, Rt Rev. Prof. Iheagwam, retires with effect from May 2, 2013.