When it pleased God that the old Benin Diocese be split into three, little did we know that this portion of the Diocese known as Warri Diocese will be crisis ridden, a crisis that raged for about three years (1977 – 1979). The battle was not between two nations or tribes nor is it to be likened to the Graeco-Parsian War which was a struggle between oriental despotism and occidental individualism, as described by Rt. Revd. J.O. Dafiewhare, rather it was a crisis on the choice of Bishop between Warri Diocese and Anglican Communion Nigeria Province.
Thanks be to God, the crisis was resolved. On January 25th 1980, the Diocese of Warri was inaugurated; the first Bishop of the new Diocese in person of the Rt. Revd. John OnyaeneDafiewhare we consecrated and enthroned by His Grace the Most Revd. Dr. Timothy O. Olufosoye, D.D, Archbishop and first Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and asrequired by the constitution of the church, he was assisted by two other Bishops.