Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi has charged the newly consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt, Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Eluke to be courageous enough at some points in the line of his duties to swim against the currents so as to remain a responsible shepherd that he ought to be.
Archbishop Filipazzi who stated this in his homily at the Mass for the consecration of the Auxiliary Bishop, said the ordination of the first indigenous Bishop for the Diocese was something that should be prayerfully appreciated, adding that the Church in Port Harcourt should be proud of Bishop Eluke.
The representative of the Pope in Nigeria reminded the people that to be a Bishop is not a worthy thing and urged the people to pray for him and never to misunderstand the essence of the office of a Bishop.
He urged the new Bishop never to lord it over the people under his care but to care for their spiritual needs in obedience with the substantive Bishop of the Diocese, and in line with his duties, he should at some points, dare the odds and take those tough decisions that are for the growth of the Diocese.
While praying that the new Auxiliary Bishop would be all that he is expected to be, the Papal Nuncio said that the office of the Bishop should not be judged by tribe, or wealth as doing so would amount to expression of misunderstanding of the office.