Reverend Father Inalegwu, Kidnapped Last Year, Resigns His Catholic Priesthood

Reverend Father Gospel Inalegwu, a Benue born Roman Catholic Priest, who was kidnapped in Kano last year has resigned his Catholic priesthood.

According to Evioblog, his resignation has sent a serious wave of shock across the Catholic church in Kano where he is based before his resignation.

Rev. Fr. Inalegwu upon tendering his resignation letter to the Bishop of Kano Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. John Namawzah Niyiring, traveled out of the state with all his belongings.

Commenting on the development in a chat with reporters, Bishop Niyiring said during the weekend that, “Priests in Catholic church do not resign as they do in the public service, but are laicized”

He also confirmed that Rev Fr. Inalegwu was no longer available for his pastoral assignments in the Catholic diocese; stressing however that the only authority that could handle the request of a priest wishing to go back to a lay status was the Holy Father, the Pope.

Asked if he had tried to talk to the Father Inalegwu, he replied: “Yes I did that. I had some personal discussions with him to try to persuade him not to do what he is trying doing. I think he probably wants something different from the priesthood.”

The Bishop went further to debunk the rumors’ that the priest’s action was informed by his abduction experience, insisting that, “Long before his kidnap saga, he had voiced out his wish to do what he did. And we have a record of that”

The Benue state born Catholic priest, who was kidnapped at his parish early this year at St Joseph Catholic Church, Jitan – Dutse, in Tudun Wada Local Government Council, Kano State, was ordained in Kano State in 2013.

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