The St. Michael’s Cathedral, Esie, in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, which was locked up on Jan. 19 by protesting members, has been re-opened.
The Church has also commence normal spiritual activities.
The reopening of the Church, established in 1912, was announced in a statement signed by N. K. Adewoye, the Church’s Peoples’ Warden, and made available to the News Diary.ng (ND) in Omu-Aran on Saturday.
According to the statement, the decision to end the protest and reopen the Church for normal activities is sequel to the amicable resolution of the dispute.
ND recalls that the aggrieved parishioners had, during a protest on Sunday (Jan. 9), prevented the presiding Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Adekola, from conducting the Sunday Service.
They had also insisted that the Cathedral, which is the headquarters of Igbomina Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), remained shut until their longstanding grievances against the Bishop were addressed.
They demanded, among others, the immediate removal of the Bishop, the immediate transfer of a senior Cathedral Priest – Venerable K.O. Olajide, and the immediate inauguration of the newly elected Dean, Ven. Rev Solomon Jolayemi, as the Dean of the Cathedral.
The statement added that the decision to rescind the aggrieved members’ earlier position followed the prompt intervention of the Bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Kwara led by Archbishop Isreal Amoo.
The statement read in part: “We wish to bring to the public notice that the impasse reported at the St. Michael’s Cathedral, Esie in the Diocese of Igbomina, Anglican Communion, that led to the shutting of the Cathedral on Sunday, 19th January, 2020, has been amicably resolved.
“This was as a result of the prompt intervention of the Bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Kwara led by Archbishop Isreal Amoo on Monday, 20th January, 2020.
“Following the intervention, the first prayers by the Church members that Ven. K.O. Olajide be transferred from the Cathedral was endorsed and he has since been transferred.
“The second prayer calling for installation of the Dean–Elect, the Very Rev (Dr.) Solomon Funsho Oriade Jolayemi, was also approved.
“Arrangements for installation of Ven. Rev Solomon Jolayemi are in top gear, and the third prayer seeking for the transfer of the Lord Bishop, Rt. Rev Emmanuel A. Adekola, was stood down.
“We thank God that a fresh chapter in the relationship between the Church members and the Lord Bishop, Emmanuel A. Adekola, has commenced in earnest and will, by the Grace of God, continue unimpaired.
“The Church is matching on and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18),” the statement said.