Religious crisis brews in Anambra as Anglicans accuse Catholics of church demolition

by Azubuike Azikiwe

Yesterday, Anglicans embarked on peaceful demonstration in Onitsha, alleging that the state government and Catholic Church were complicit in the demolition of the Ebenezer Anglican Church at Oyolu-Oze in Oyi Local Government Area of the state two weeks ago.

But, the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha has denied all involvement in the incident. The Director of Communications in Onitsha Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Pius Ukor, said that the church was very civil and diplomatic in its deals and would not involve or associate itself on such an unholy act.

“We as a church condemn such act in its totality. We cannot be part of destroying holy property or any place of worship; and we cannot encourage any of our members to do such act.

“The Catholic Church, especially the Onitsha Archdiocese, has continued to treat any case it has with civility and diplomacy knowing that as a Church we need to show the light,” Ukor said.

The leader of the Nkwelle-Ezunaka Community, Dr Chris Eluemunoh, also spoke out in defence of the Catholics. Eluemunoh said that the Church could not have connived with unknown persons to perpetrate such act.

“I am not a Catholic. I am a Pentecostal worshipper and could, therefore, not have done any such act or colluded with anybody or organisation for that matter to destroy a holy place such as a worship centre. It is, therefore, unfounded and malicious lies against me and the Catholic Church,” he said.

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