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Rev. Biya Arouses Curiosity At Ordination 

By Chris Mbunwe

CameroonPostline.com — Reverend Paul Biya Ndi, who was named after President Paul Biya, June 29, aroused curiosity at the Diaconate Ordination at the Mankon Cathedral in Bamenda.
Rev. Biya Ndi was among 20 candidates from the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui called up for ordination.

Rev. Paul Biya Ndi

When the chief celebrant of the Holy Mass, Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua, ordered for names of candidates to be read out so that they are taken from the crowd by their parents and surrendered to the Bishop for ordination, the name Paul Biya Ndi sent the whole church laughing, including the officiating Bishops and over 50 priests.

There was near commotion as Christians struggled to catch a glimpse of the namesake of the Head of State who, coincidentally, is a seminarian dropout. The other irony is that, part of the name of the Deacon, Ndi, is also part of President Biya’s opposition archrival, Fru Ndi. The solemn occasion only resumed when the laughter and commotion died down.

Earlier, in a sermon at the Holy Mass, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda Archdiocese, Agapitus Nfon, called on the newly ordained to be true servants of God because when “ordained, Deacons, Priests, and Bishops receive spiritual powers to serve Christians as leaders of God’s people in His Ministry”.

He told them that as they assume the office of Deacons they should not transform themselves into dictators. Bishop Agapitus outlined what is required of a Deacon to include; assisting Priests and delivering homilies. But to do this and remain steadfast, Bishop Nfon told the Deacons to detach themselves from alcohol.

“You must be responsible men of God, be moderate in taking wine, be obedient and stick to the vow of poverty and chastity. Pray and carry out deep meditation always. Believe and practice what you preach, because you are the rock on which Christ built his Church,” he exhorted them.

He warned that those who will embrace materialism are doomed to fail. Bishop Nfon also appealed to Christians to assist and pray for the Deacons. Talking to The Post after the ordination, Rev. Paul Biya Ndi explained how he came about the name.

“My Parish of origin is Ndu in Donga Mantung Division, and my parents gave birth to me when Paul Biya assumed power and decided to visit Bamenda more than 23 years ago. Since then wherever I go and my name is mentioned, people become amazed, and that is just what happened today at this ordination.”

The following Deacons, who were ordained, will again be ordained as full priests in two years, viz; Frankline Kamgeh, Boris Sife, Frankline Banadzem, Emmanuel Ngu, Elvis Nsaikila, Valentine Kikpu, Nicholas Nanji, Ernest Njodzeven, Alain Boudoun, Paul Biya Ndi, Richard Kibu, Lawrence Foven, Emmanuel Ngoran, Stanley Njobarah, Raymond Esuka, Moses Njoh, Collins Nkwele, Francis Tche, Elijah Fru and Marcelin Demba.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01355

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