Peter Okpaleke Resigns As Bishop Of Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise In Imo.


There is definitely a limit to every man’s level of endurance and tolerance. To my own thinking, this includes every living mortal.

For close to six years, despite the intervention of the Imo State government and the Pontiff himself, Pope Francis, the people of Ahiara Mbaise in Imo State had resisted the appointment of the Very Rev Dr Peter Okpaleke as the bishop of Ahiara diocese.

Though an Igbo man from Anambra State and a Catholic priest of Awka Diocese before his appointment, the Catholic faithfuls of Ahiara have insisted that they want a bishop of Mbaise origin. 

This discrimination against a fellow Igbo man has continued to cast doubts on the sincerity of the Unity of the Igbos as a people.


Following the continued crisis, events have taken a different turn as the Pope has appointed Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese.

In a statement by Rev Fr. Chris Anyanwu (dir of social communications, )at the ongoing Catholic Bishops Conferece of Nigeria , Revd Anyanwu said , “Following the resignation of Most Revd Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of Ahaira Diocese, as a result of the crisis that has lingered for nearly six years in that diocese, His Holiness, Pope Francis, has today appointed Most Rev Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of Umuahia, as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahaira Diocese.” Anyanwu added that the appointment of Ugorji is with immediate effect.

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