The Methodist Church of Nigeria, on Sunday, ordained Rt Rev. Nkechi Nwosu as the first female bishop of the church in the country.
Nwosu was ordained by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr Joseph Nnonah, the archbishop of Kaduna, at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos, Plateau state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that she will serve as the bishop of the Jos diocese.
In a brief interaction with journalists, the new bishop remarked that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfil their destiny has come.”
She spoke on the need for women and men to unite to achieve the mandate of God.
“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him,” NAN quoted her as saying.
“So, for the word of God to reach the end of the world, man must put their hands together to serve God, irrespective of gender, because God is a spirit.
“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done.”
In his remarks, His Eminence, Samuel Uche, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, said there is no difference between a man and a woman, adding that the Methodist Church believes that women who have reached menopause are capable of holding offices in the church.
“I believe there is no difference between a man and woman, after all, in the Hebrew language, a man is he man and a woman is she man, so we are all men,” he said.
“Moreover, in Methodist Church, we taught that people who have reached menopause, who are no longer childbearing can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity. They have the ability, they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual.
“So we decided that we should have in Methodist Bishop a woman and I know that some time ago, the President of the British Church was a woman from Ireland.”
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