A former Anglican priest in Nnewi Diocese, Anambra State, Rev. Ogbuchukwu Lotanna, has made a U-turn in his decision on polygamy, tracing his steps back to the church.
The cleric had resigned from church in September, claiming to have received a divine mandate to join and preach polygamy, with a vision to reduce the rate of sexual sins.
He claimed what earlier led him to declare his intention to resign from priesthood and go into polygamy was his misinterpretation of the revelations he received on “sexual purity.”
He was recalled on December 24, 2022 after he tendered an apology through a public announcement.
His apology letter, titled, “To all beloved in Christ and all it may concern: Rescinding from my pro-polygamy movement,” was made available to journalists on Tuesday.
Lotanna pledged to give full and undivided attention to what God had called him to do.
The letter partly read, “I wish to inform the general body of Christ and the public that I have submitted a letter of apology to my Lord Bishop for resigning from being a member of the body of Clergy Association of Diocese of Nnewi (Anglican Communion).
“What led to my action was my misinterpretation of the revelations I received on a divine movement for sexual purity.
“I have since pledged to give full and undivided attention to all that God has called me to do as a priest in obedience to the instituted authority of the Church.
“I have understood that for any programme to achieve sexual purity, it must of necessity be that which should build the Church of Christ and should be accepted by her. I can not be numbered among those fighting the Church.
“Hence, I hereby withdraw myself from the propagation of polygamy and plead with everyone (especially the over 200 persons that indicated interest for us to begin a church (which I never did) to jettison all I have said so far on this movement as I have backed off and I am fully back to my church and I have promised not to speak or work against the sound and godly doctrines of my church.
“I have also withdrawn and deleted all the videos and messages I have preached or posted on the subject from all my social media handles and closed all the channels.
“There are other programmes for sexual purity the church will appreciate and be at home with, which will also help to build the society at large. I will henceforth be preoccupied with such programmes to showcase my genuine intentions.”