Tanzania has expelled Christopher Fosudo, a Nigerian Catholic priest who had been assigned to the Dar-es-Salaam Archdiocese.
The cleric is getting ready to leave the country, and the country immigration police stated that they have no issues with him.
According to Tanzania Times, the Catholic Church authorities in Dar es Salaam abruptly terminated Father Christopher Fosudo’s employment through a letter that provided little justification for the choice.
The letter, dated August 17, 2022, was addressed to all priests in the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam and was signed by its secretary Vincent Mpwaji.
Father Fosudo served as the assistant parish priest of the Magomeni Catholic Church in Dar-es-Salaam City throughout his time in Tanzania.
Fr. Fosudo, however, revealed to The Citizen’s sister publication Mwananchi on Sunday that despite being permitted to carry out his duties by the Immigration Force, he was still preparing to leave the country.
“It is challenging to stay here any longer. After speaking with my Bishop in Nigeria, I have made the decision to depart. He will ultimately decide whether I should go back or stay, he said.
He claims to have put in a temporary shelter request at the church’s home, but he adds that he is prepared to leave if required. However, he chose not to discuss the circumstances surrounding his return, claiming it would be unhealthy for the media to disclose all the details.
He said that after coming to the country in 2014, he taught at the Jordan University in Morogoro until 2016, when he left the country again and came back in 2017 and 2018 to continue his studies.
The priest was called in for questioning after the letter gained widespread attention on social media, according to the report from the senior officer of the Dar es Salaam Immigration Police, Mr. Peter Mwita.