PROTEST: ANGLICAN PRIESTS BARRICADE ANAMBRA STATE GOVT HOUSE, ASK GOV. OBIANO TO RETURN THEIR SCHOOL

By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),

Anglican priests led by the Diocese of the Niger, on Friday 2nd November 2018, staged a peaceful protest at the gate of the Anambra state government house demanding that His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano the Executive Governor of Anambra state return their school.

The priests frowned at the happenings in the state, accusing the Governor of being bias and sentimental in his dealings.

Addressing press men, Venerable Josiah Chukwukadebia Ofoegbu, Archdeacon Anglican Communion Onitsha South, said, “We are not happy with what is happening in the state. Anambra is beginning to turn to a denominational state. Before one gets a job in government, the church you attend becomes a determinant”.

“Bishop Crowther School was inherited and handed over to the Anglican Church, it is in history. We handed it to government and later when government returned missionary schools back to the church, we regained its ownership.”

“What is happening now is really surprising to us. It has gotten to the extent of government disrupting church services. This is a sacrilege.

“We are on a peaceful protest. As you can see, we are not carrying any gun or weapon. We are putting on our white robes and carrying our bibles.”

“We love our Governor and we want him to do the right thing. It is the Anglican Church that brought governance to Nigeria through the British.”

“From now till next week, if nothing is done, we will return again, Venerable Josiah Chukwukadebia Ofoegbu emphasized.

Reacting on behalf of the Governor, Barr Amechi Ekwosa MD, CEO Awka Territory Development Authority said, “The Governor is not on seat because there wasnt any official information about this visit.

“This has been a lingering situation and the governor has inaugurated a committee to look into the matter so that it will be resolved once and for all.

“In every society, human beings may find themselves disagreeing over some issues but I believe in dialogue.

“We have spoken to their leaders and we have told them if the Governor knew that they that they were coming, he would have adjusted his engagement.

“The government of Anambra is very sensitive to matters like this. The government is responsible and is not out to take peoples or organizations property.

“This matter will be resolved very soon. I was just informed that the matter is already in court. Since it has been taken to court, I will advise you to wait for the court to resolve the matter.”

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