The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Godfrey Onah, has revealed that some Bishops of the church in Nigeria battled and conquered the COVID-19 disease.
Onah spoke on Thursday during the dedication of the cathedral building of the Nsukka diocese.
During the sermon, he stated that the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world also affected some bishops of the church that were present at the dedication
He said, “There are many reasons why some people may not be expecting what is happening today in Nsukka.
“We are aware of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused havoc in our population.
“Some of us were hit by it, including some Bishops present in this sanctuary. Some suffered it without knowing they had suffered it,” he added.
He also outlined the yellow fever outbreak in some local government areas in Enugu, which Nsukka is among and the recent unrest caused by the crisis between the Nsukka community and the Hausas in the area.
The Bishop gave glory to God for making the dedication a possibility despite the numerous challenges that he earlier mentioned.
Commenting on the recent accusation labeled against him by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs that he incited the crisis between Muslims in Nsukka and residents of the host community, the Bishop said that he does not hate anyone or any religion, adding that the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero would have attended the dedication.
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services, over a sermon delivered by the Bishop, alleging that the Bishop instigated the recent attacks on Muslims in the South-East and South-South regions.
The Bishop had called for changes to the way Nigeria is governed, stating that justice and equity must be guaranteed for all irrespective of religion for Nigeria to move forward.