From Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
The President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama has declared that Catholic Church of Nigeria is not in support of secession.
He cautioned those calling for secession of Nigeria in a serious mode that they should desist from their inferior plan, saying the unity of the country is sacrosanct.
He stated this in a speech at the ordination of the new Bishop of the Bauchi Catholic Diocese which held on Thursday at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi.
“the call for secession by some groups in the country is unhealthy for Nigeria. “We are better as a one United and indivisible nation. One group say ‘go seat’s another group say ‘we want to go seat’s. All these are not healthy for us as one great United Nation.”
Kaigama described the new Bishop who speaks several Nigerian languages including Igbo as a bridge builder “and I believe he will use his wealth of experience to unite all Nigerians in the Diocese.”
The new Bishop, Right Rev. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, succeeded Late Bishop John Gotok, who died in March, 2015, as the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese, created
The inauguration attracted the presence of Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Antonio Guildo, John Cardinal Oneyekan, 69 Bishops notably Bishop Matthew Kukah, across the country.
Other dignitaries include the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who was represented by the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, 1st civilian Governor of Bauchi State, Fidelis Tapgun, former deputy Governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen and many other dignitaries across the country.
Bishop Dachalem, appointed by Pope Francis on 31st May, 2017, was Parish Priest of Saint John Vianney Parish Kwande, Benue State.
In his inaugural speech, the new Bishop, thanked friends and faithful across the world who came to celebrate them promised to carry members of the Diocese irrespective of ethnic differences.