– Warns Ndigbo on Osu/Diala hegemony
The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has cautioned Ndigbo to free themselves from Osu/Diala hegemony as such enslavement is drawing them backward.
Picture: Little Miss Chioma Duruamaku of St. Anthony’s Station presenting kola-nuts to Most Rev. Anthony Obinna
Preaching during his Pastoral Visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Sunday, August 17, Archbishop Obinna regretted that Ndigbo, who, like other black nations were once enslaved by the Europeans, are still enslaving their fellow Igbo brothers and sisters, in the name of Diala, Osu or Ume.
He noted that God blessed Ndigbo with talent and intelligence but they have continued to despise and segregate against one another based on superstitious beliefs.
“I am making efforts to untie Christians including some priests from Osu/Diala bondage, I am speaking out to save you; to bring the word of God to you; to let you know that we are all children of God; that no blood is superior to the other.
”We should therefore stop despising one another based on superstitious beliefs, which have no basis in scientific knowledge,” the Archbishop said, warning that when one despises another, he becomes a prisoner of his own hatred, which goes ahead to distort his personality.
”My fight is no longer with the whitemen because they now respect me (in academics and episcopal rank),” he said, regretting that Ndigbo are his headache today because some diehards are resisting change from their ancestral idolatrous practices.
Turning to the newly confirmed candidates, Archbishop Obinna reminded them that through the Sacrament they just received, they have been emboldened to proclaim the Goodnews and challenge any form of unchristian practices like Osu/Diala.
Later during the reception for the visiting prelate, the parishioners thanked the Archbishop for his love for them. They listed some of their achievements within the last Pastoral Visit, last year, and also some of their challenges. They reiterated their appeal for land to enable the CMO embark on their building project.
The address which was written in Igbo language and read by the Secretary, Mrs. Nkiru Eke was signed by Chief Sylvester Obasi and Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha, for Chairman, Parish Council and Administrator respectively.
Responding, the Archbishop commended Assumpta Parishioners for their support and the cordial relationship existing between them and the Administrator – Fr. Nkwocha and his assistants – Rev. Frs. Augustine Opara and John Anumudu. He promised to look into the request for a piece of land for CMO project. He expressed satisfaction with the reception accorded him despite the fact that he is the parish priest and thanked the organizers for a job well-done.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the 2014 Pastoral Visit Committee, Dr. Darlington Akukwu expressed satisfaction with the co-operation of both the committee members, the Parish Council and the entire Parishioners.
Our reporter said a total of 116 candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation. They were prepared by Lady Roseline Eze, assisted by Obinna Onuoha. The candidates were sponsored by Engr. Tony Ebere Obasi and Lady Patricia Uzoh.
The Pastoral Visit featured interactive session with the four stations – Assumpta led by Mr. Emma Uzoka, St. Joseph led by Barr. Nwaugo, St. Mark led by Barr. A.U. Uche and St. Anthony led by Engr. Barth Onyekwere.
The occasion was attended by prominent elders of the parish including Sir/Lady TCK Osuji, Dr. CC Nwigwe and Prof. Lady V.U. Nwigwe among others.