17 November 2003

Nigeria: Qua Iboe Church: Members Kick Against Name Change

Uyo — Members of the Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria have kicked against moves to change the name of the church to United Evangelical Church.

They stated that such a move is illegal, unwarranted, uncalled for and a complete distraction from the laudable evangelistic work that the church has undertaken in the last 116 years of its existence.

The members in a resolution adopted by a special assembly of members of the Qua Iboe church of Nigeria held at the weekend in Uyo, stated that those agitating for the name change after its 116 years old existence where hidding under the cloak of "Evangelism" are economical with the truth on their real intentions which to say the least is "unchristianly".

The resolution signed by Elder (Gen) Edet Akpan, Chairman and Elder (Engr) Udoh Mbosoh, Vice Chairman respectively called on the Qua Iboe Church hierarchy to institute severe sanctions on the rebels,and averred that the holding of a parallel conference by proponents of the name change, which allegedly resulted in the appointment of Rev. (Dr.) N. Isah as President and Elder V. O. Olugele as General Secretary I should be vehemently condemned and rejected in its entirety.

The resolution also warned all pastors and other employees of Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria currently working in tandem with proponents of the name change to either resign their appointments immediately or have their appointments terminated.

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