By Peter Amine, Jos.
The Methodist Church Nigeria on Sunday installed Rt Revd. Nkechi Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Church in the country.
The Nwosu was instated by His Grace, Most Revd. Dr Joseph Nnonah, Archbishop of Kaduna at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos.
The new bishop, in a brief interaction with newsmen, said that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria, to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfil their destiny has come”.
Nwosu said that women and men needed to join their hands to achieve the mandate of God.
“God knew that creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him.
“So, for the word of God to reach the end of the world, people must put their hands together to serve God, irrespective of gender, because God is a spirit.
“He is not a flesh; the flesh we are seeing is just for our comfort, as He said that everybody, who believes in Him and is led by the spirit of God, is the son of God.
“And so, every child of God, who is born again and dwell in the Holy Spirit, is a son of God.
“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done,” she said.
On 2023 general elections, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at this moment.
She said that God gave Nigerians conscience and power, adding that the power was in the Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do.
“Do that so that God will use us and anybody He wants to put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa and the world,” she added.
His Eminence, Dr Samuel Uche, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said that God made all humans equal.
Uche said that Jesus Christ elevated the position of women by being born of a woman.
“So, I believe there is no difference between a man and woman; after all, in Hebrew language, a man is a ‘he man’ and a woman is a ‘she man’, so we are all men.
“And moreover, in Methodist Church, we taught that people who have reached menopause, who are no longer childbearing, can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.
“They have the ability; they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual.
“So we decided that we should have in Methodist Bishop a woman and I know that some time ago, the President of the British Church was a woman from Ireland,” he said.
Nwosu will serve as the Bishop of Jos Diocese.