Catholics, Anglicans, Anambra govt squabble over Land
Anglican group in Onitsha venerate out and about, subsequent to being banished from their congregation by security specialists ..We have no hands in your difficulty, Catholic Church reveals to Anglican Church By Nwabueze Okonkwo and Chimaobi Nwaiwu ONITSHA—THE cool war existing between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church in Anambra State, yesterday raised its monstrous head again with the anticipation of the Anglicans from adoring at Bishop Crowther Memorial Church, BCM, inside Bishop’ Crowther Primary School, claimed by the Diocese on the Niger, by security agents.
FACEOFF: Anglican reliable venerating outside the place of the minister, Rev. Onwuzuligbo, in the wake of being banned from their congregation by security operators over land tussle at St Simon’s Bishop Crowther Memorial Church, BCM, inside Bishop Crowther Memorial Primary School, Onitsha, yesterday.
BCM is situated at the back of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, having a place with the Catholic Church. At the point when Vanguard visited the congregation as right on time as 8.20 am, admirers were seen remaining before the place of the cleric responsible for the congregation, Rev. Dr Leonard Onwuzuligbo, asking and singing gestures of recognition to God, while stern looking Policemen, officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense, men of the Anambra State Vigilante, AVS, and men of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra State, well known as OCHA Brigade blockaded the passageway entryway of the congregation.
Men of the Gideon on the Niger, a gathering in Diocese on the Niger who visited the congregation on the mandate of the Diocese to adore with the congregation joined the dependable to revere along the street before the inhabitant cleric’s home. Tending to newsmen not long after the faith gathering that was directed along the street by the minister’s home, Rev. Onwuzuligbo stated:
“We have been adoring here since 2006. A week ago, we were having a gathering here when three individuals came in and distinguished themselves as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who were requested to come and remain in the grade school area and we invited them.
“We called the administrator of Onitsha North Local Government and educated him concerning the nearness of a few IDPs and he instructed us to manufacture a place where we could be revering with the goal that the IDPs could be obliged in the structures where we venerate until the point when they take off.
“We concurred and began building a structure and later, a minister from the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity came into where we were constructing and revealed to us he came to comprehend what he will tell the Archbishop. Afterward, another Reverend Father who recognized himself as Chancellor, came and revealed to us he needed to comprehend what was going on here and we were pondering what educated their coming to where we were building an impermanent structure on a land that have a place with us.
Obiano stops chip away at chapel building “Last Monday, the neighborhood government administrator, Mr. Patrick Mbah requesting that we stop work and we halted and on Tuesday same week, they instructed us to begin work again and we began. Afterward, they disclosed to us that the senator said we should stop work and we halted once more.
“That same Tuesday, the director of Onitsha North, Mr Mbah, accompanied a few people and thumped down what we were building and that day, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha and director of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, Nze Emeka Olise came here and after our dialog with them, they instructed us to move the IDPs one side, permit the school youngsters in the classes and make utilization of our congregation building.
Security offices square Anglican dedicated from entering church “We were shocked again this Sunday morning when we came to venerate, to see the entire compound assumed control by Policemen, men of Anambra State Vigilante, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra State, (OCHA Brigade) who kept us from entering and loving in the compound and drove out admirers who preceded their landing, asserting that it was an express request from the senator.
“This is a religious war pronounced against us by the Catholic Church.The corridor where we love is presently empty, the IDPs are all around suited here. We don’t have any issue with them, we deal with them, the school youngsters have their classes undisturbed, whoever is keeping us from our place of love here is simply playing the content composed by the Catholics who have in the past kept in touch with us that they don’t need a variation church near the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity.
“In any case, we can’t be scared out of this place since we gave them this land where the Basilica is arranged at this point. The Anglican Church came into this town before the Catholic Church. Our charitableness in accomodating the Catholic church is presently being utilized against us.
“They said the representative coordinated that we ought not be loving here and we think about how the senator will give such mandate in a land that have a place with the Anglican Communion.
We know it is the Catholics Church that are utilizing the Onitsha North Local Government administrator and dropping the name of the senator to threaten us out of this place.” Land has a place with govt—Obiano Reacting to the charge, the Anambra State Government through the Chief of Staff to Governor Willie Obiano, Mr. Primus Odili said the land does not have a place with both of the Churches but rather to the state government.
“I was informed that a few people needed to expand on the land and I sent the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha and executive ASUBEB, Chief Olisa Nze Emeka to go to Onitsha and examine and they returned and affirmed that a structure is being worked there and I needed to stop them.
” We’ve no hands in Anglican Church’s Ordeal — Catholic Church However, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, while responding through its Director of Social Communication, Rev. Fr. Martin Ukor and the Chief Press Secretary to Archbishop Valerian Okeke, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ogbunuko, said “the Catholic Church had no turn in any land debate between the Anambra State government and the Anglican Church.
“There was never a period the Catholic Church was laying claims over the land. In the event that the Anglican Church has arrive question with the state government, it should settle it with the legislature without hauling the Catholic Church into it,” they said. In any case, the noticeably irate Anglican faithuful cautioned that they would not endure such once more.