The crisis rocking Qua Iboe Church will soon be over- Governor Udom Emmanuel
The governor stated this on Sunday at a branch of the Church in Asuna, Etinan Local government area of the State during a special service to mark the church 100 years Anniversary.
Speaking on his efforts to reconcile the Church, governor Emmanuel noted that he has been engaging with the leadership of the two factions of the church to bring an end to the crisis.
The crisis with started about 17 years ago when some sections of the Church were no longer comfortable with the name has divided the Church into two factions; Qua Iboe Church and United Evangelical Church ‘founded as Qua Iboe Church’
Even with the division, the 137 years old Church which was founded in 1887 by an Irish missionary, Samuel Alexander Bill according to our findings still maintains the same doctrine apart from the name.
Recounting his experiences during a reconciliatory meeting he held between the two factions in 2017, governor Emmanuel disclosed that he had pleaded with the two factions to maintain their peace inorder to allow a Christian solution to the crisis.
“I gathered all the pastors and elders and told them I had only five minutes to reconcile the church if one person can raise his hand and say this is what God says about the situation. Nobody could do that.” He noted
“So, because nobody could do that I could only say let everybody hold their peace and let’s see what God would do
“Nobody can say this is what God is saying about this matter. We need to find a Christian solution to the issue.
He noted that the crisis rocking the church will soon come to an end
“I believe very soon, very very soon, this should be over and we will be back again as one body.
“I am not overriding the church, but permit me to say that ‘founded as’ is not the same thing as ‘also known as’. ‘Also known as’ is reconciliatory, while ‘founded as’ does not allow for a change we just preached now.
“Even if we write ‘founded as’, but when we are speaking, we should say ‘also known as’, it will be a little bit more accommodating so that we can find a way to bring everybody back,” he added.