Nigeria: Anglican Church ejects 2 priests for homosexuality

The Anglican Church of Nigeria last week expelled two priests whom it accused of homosexuality.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

The Anglican Church of Nigeria last week expelled two priests whom it accused of homosexuality. Photo credits: Google Image.

By Mike Daemon

In Nigeria, LGBT people suffer various forms of discrimination at all levels within the society, even from within the Christian faith.

Many Nigerians believe the Bible condemns LGBTIQ folks, and thus views homosexuality as a sin that should not be tolerated, even though modern interpretation and a deeper research into what the Bible really says about homosexuality seem to prove otherwise.

Sadly, just like many other Christian organizations in the country, the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Diocese of Arochuwkwu/Ohafia in Abia State, still holds strongly to the opinion that homosexuality is a sin, as they recently dismissed two priests based on accusations that they are homosexuals.

To that effect, a letter dated 29 April 2019 was issued and signed on behalf of the church by Rev. Johnson C. Onuoha, who currently serves as the bishop of the diocese.

The letter stated that the two men, the Rev. Chukwuemeka Duru and the Rev. Chukwuzubelu Okonkwo both engaged in homosexual activities. An internal investigation conducted by the church proved them guilty, the letter stated, so they were dismissed from the church.

See the letter below.

No further information was provided about the two men and their whereabouts.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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