Methodist Church gets first female bishop

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The Methodist Church Nigeria has enthroned Rt Rev. Nkechi Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Church in the country.

Nwosu was enthroned by His Grace, Most Rev Dr Joseph Nnonah, Archbishop of Kaduna at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos.

The new bishop in a brief interaction with newsmen, revealed that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfill their destiny has come.

She said that women and men needed to join their hands to achieve the mandate of God.

“God knew that creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him.

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“So, for the word of God to reach to the end of the world, “man must put their hands together to serve God,” irrespective of gender, because God is a spirit,” she said.

On 2023 general elections, the new bishop called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God, who she said knows the best leader for the country at this moment.

She said that God gave Nigerians  conscience and power, and that the power is in the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs.

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody He wants to put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world,” she added.

Prelate Emeritus of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said that God made all humans equal.

Uche said that Jesus Christ elevated the position of women by being born of a woman.

“So I believe there is no difference between a man and woman, after all, in Hebrew language, a man is a he man and a woman is she man, so we are all men.

“And 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,” he said.