Bishop Rejects Governor Ben Ayade Donation: Tells Him To Use It And Pay Salaries

A Video making rounds on the internet right now has shown the moment the Catholic Bishop of Uyo Diocese, John Ebebe Ayah, rejected a N25 million donation from the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade .

Governor Ayade made the move at the thanksgiving mass for Justice Emmanuel Agim Akomaye, who was recently promoted to the rank of Judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

As seen in a viral video, the governor donated the sum of N25 million to the church, then promised the Bishop a “whisper package”, which he pledged to give him personally.

The bishop however subtly shunned the governor, rejecting his money and asked him to use the money to pay workers’ salaries.

After announcing the donation of N25 million on behalf of the state government, he said, “You are our pride, the pride of Cross River North, the son of the soil, Bishop John Ayah, I will whisper my package to you later.”

Bishop Ayah retorted, “I want to talk. The governor is my brother; we are both from Cross River North. I want to appreciate the governor and tell him to package whatever he has for me, add to it and use it to pay the salaries of the workers.”

Media outlets had in May, covered the protest of Cross Rivers State workers over non-payment of salaries since 2018. They urged the governor to attend to their plight as they have been suffering for a long time.

The development is currently generating reactions on social media as many Nigerians lauded his courage, asking other clergymen to emulate Bishop Ayah.

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