Abuja, 06 May, 2022 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The newly elected President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), has, in an interview with ACI Africa, said he is counting on the support of his brother Bishops as he takes the helm of the body that brings together Catholic Bishops in 16 countries of West Africa.
On Thursday, May 5, members of RECOWA participating in their fourth Plenary Assembly at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi in Abuja elected Bishop Alexis Touably Youlo as their new President. He takes over from Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who managed the regional body since 2016.
Speaking to ACI Africa shortly after his election, Bishop Touably expressed his gratitude to RECOWA members for their trust in him, and called on Catholic Bishops in the 16 countries that constitute the regional body to support the new office bearers.
“I want to first thank God who permitted the Bishops of West Africa to vote me as their president,” he said, and added, “I count on the support of my Brothers in the Episcopate, especially the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) where I come from and to whom I dedicate this election.”
The Local Ordinary of Ivory Coast’s Diocese of Agboville who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro Diocese further said, “Through me, it is the whole Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast that is honored.”