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Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu, new Bishop of Abakaliki, flanked by the Papal Nuncio, Antonio Guido Filapazzi and other bishops after his installation at St. Theresa’s Cathedral Abakaliki, Thursday August 19, 2021.

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The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has announced the handing over of the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu to the Catholic church for optimum management and academic excellence.

The Governor made the announcement during the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu as the 3rd Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

He equally announced the naming of two flyovers after the retiring bishop,  Most Rev. Michael Okoro as a way of immortalizing his reign as a Bishop in the State.

He commended the Catholic Community for the support given to the retiring Bishop during the period of his episcopal reign.

“The contributions of the church to the Educational Development of Nigeria is unparalleled and for this, I, on-behalf of the State wish to give the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria to own and run.

“There is a decline in our academic excellence and morality. I am not a Catholic but I believe in the discipline and doctrine of the Catholic Church.

“The King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu was approved by the National Universities Commission as the 199th University in Nigeria.

In a homily,  at the Ordination Mass, the Principal Consecrator and Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi charged the new Bishop to endeavor to discharge his duties devoid of manifestation of ethnicity but do so with Christian generosity.

He charged the new Bishop to endeavor to take adequate care of the flock entrusted in his care and try to live a life of holiness to enable him to impart the same on the Laity.

In a goodwill message, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze congratulated the Catholic Community and people of Ebonyi State on the successful ordination of the new Bishop.

He expressed gratitude to Bishop Emeritus, Michael Nnachi Okoro for begetting a successor after 43 years of Episcopal reign.

In a his remarks, the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji expressed gratitude to Governor Umahi for the massive transformation of Ebonyi State and wonderful partnership with the Church.

He also thanked the Governor for the handover of the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu to the Conference and prayed to God to bless him.

In a response, the new Bishop, Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu thanked the Pope, the bishops, and the laity for finding him worthy to serve in an episcopal capacity.

Bishop Chukwu also thanked Governor David Nweze Umahi for the donation of the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu to the Catholic Church as well as the gift of a brand new Jeep to the Diocese.

He commended the retired Bishop, Most Rev. Michael  Okoro for his mentorship role in his development in the vineyard of God and expressed hope that God Almighty would equip him with all the facilities to excel.

The Bishop pledged to dedicate all his strength to the Service of God and humanity.

It should be recalled that Abakaliki Diocese was carved out of Ogoja Diocese on March 1, 1973 with Most Rev. Thomas McGettrick SPS as the its first bishop.

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