Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin
For the first time since its establishment in 1912, the Cathedral Church of St. Michael, Esie in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State was under lock and key on Sunday as members prevented the presiding Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Adekola from conducting the Sunday Service.
The protesting Parishioners in the Cathedral, which is the headquarters of Igbomina Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) stated that the church will remain shut until their longstanding grievances against the Bishop are redressed.
The protesting members disclosed that, “The Bishop’s style of running the Diocese without listening to advice from respected elders and eminent persons” was responsible for the logjam.”
In a press statement issued and signed by stakeholders, the members are demanding for three major things. They are asking for the immediate removal of the Bishop as members are losing confidence in his ability to lead the Church to greater heights.
Members are also demanding the immediate transfer of “Venerable K.O. Olajide who has continued in his unchecked behaviours that have resulted into members losing confidence in his spiritual service to the Church and gradual emigration of members from the Church.”
Besides, Parishioners are insisting on “the immediate inauguration of the newly elected Dean, Ven. Rev’d (Dr.) Solomon Funsho Oriade Jolayemi as the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Michael, Esie.”
The protest which lasted from 6am to about noon witnessed armed police men brief appearance but departed after a chat with protesting members of the Church drawn from Esie, Ilorin, Lagos, Abuja among other places.
Calls to the Bishop’s telephone number were neither answered nor returned up to the time of this report.