By Samuel Ajayi
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) Bishop Peter Ebere Okapaleke, the embattled Catholic Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, has finally resigned and The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Pope Francis has also appointed an Administrator.
For five years, three has been a fierce, and sometimes violent, resistance against his taking over the Episcopacy of the Diocese. In fact, his installation took place outside the Diocese as the Cathedral doors were locked against him.
And what was his offence? HE WAS NOT FROM MBAISE HENCE HE CANNOT BE BISHOP OVER AHIARA DIOCESE IN MBAISE.
Ironically, he is an Igboman like these same Mbaise people.
The crisis lasted for over five years before the Bishop finally resigned his Episcopacy.
Over to my Igbo brothers and sisters. How come a fellow Igbo can’t be Bishop within Igboland all because he was not from Mbaise?
I am NOT really aware of the supposed internal politics that has gone into this but it does not do any help to the spirit of brotherliness in Igboland.
Can a Yoruba or even Bini priest be sent to Igboland to serve going by what Bishop Okpaleke has faced?