After 30 years of construction, Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese dedicates Cathedral


It was a joyous moment on  November 19 at Nsukka,  Enugu State,  when Catholics and non-Catholics gathered at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral, which took 30 years to construct,  for the dedication of the  cathedral, by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese,  Most Rev. Professor Godfrey Igwebuike  Onah.

The Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, 38 Catholic Bishops across the country and some Anglican Bishops, Enugu State Governor,  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , former governor of old Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Ayogu Eze, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, were among the dignitaries that graced the occasion.

In his sermon, Bishop Onah expressed delight that the Cathedral project has finally become a reality.
He thanked the Almighty God for his mercy and love and also thanked the initiator of Cathedral and Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Okobo for his vision and steadfastness, saying: “Today, Bishop Okobo will be joining in dedication of this Cathedral” despite his health challenges.
Bishop Onah  expressed appreciation to all those who contributed in the building of the Church including the state government, professionals, prayer warriors, Diocesan faithfuls, the Anglican Church, the Muslim community, traditionalists, among others and asked God to reward them abundantly.
In their goodwill messages, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria,  congratulated Bishop Onah, his predecessor, the priests, religious and the entire Nsukka Diocesan faithful on the remarkable dedication of the Cathedral, stressing that their strong faith and sacrifices saw to the realization of the magnificent edifice
Speaking at the event, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, conveyed the goodwill message of the government and people of Enugu State, to Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah and the Diocesan faithfuls. He expressed gratitude to God for making the dedication of the Cathedral possible.
The governor stated that it was a great privilege for him to be part of this history. He disclosed that the towering architectural masterwork was “the product of divine inspiration and three decades of toil of our Catholic Diocesan faithfuls”.
He expressed delight that “today, it (Cathedral) stands elegantly completed under the leadership of our revered Bishop, His Lordship, Most Rev. Professor Godrey Igwebuike Onah”.
Ugwuanyi commended  Bishop Onah’s diligence and tenacity.
He  appreciated the great role of the retired Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Emmanuel Okobo, “in the visioning and implementation of the project”.
The governor prayed God “to abundantly bless all those who sacrificed their resources, time and labour for the realization of this dream”.

Ugwuanyi also thanked the people of the state for the peace being enjoyed in Enugu State , saying that the peace and unity in Enugu State were largely because of the prayers and wise counsel of the religious faithful.
 He implored them to continue to avail the state “these twin supports of inestimable value”.
The  governor appreciated the presence of the Papal Nuncio, the Bishops of the Catholic Church and sister Christian denominations and beseeched God to grant more strength and spiritual vision to Bishop Onah as well as “all our Clergy in the Diocese as they shepherd the flock of God”.
Other dignitaries present at the event were the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi; the State Chief Judge, Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu; the member representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu, and his counterpart in Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, Martin Oke.

Others include the Religious,  former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi; former Minister of Information, Chief Frank Nweke Jnr.; Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu; former State Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa; members of the State House of Assembly; members of the State Executive Council; Council Chairmen,the Vice Chancellors of the University of Nigeria Nsukka,  Professor Igwe and his Enugu State University of Science and Technology(ESUTH) counterpart, Professor Charles. U.  Ezeh among others.


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