The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Inter-society, has proclaimed its disapproval and disappointment over what it called “zero participation of members of the clergy and the laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha and its Awka and Nnewi counterparts in Tuesday nationwide protest by the Catholic priests against killings and attacks on churches by gunmen in Nigeria.
Not one diocese in Anambra did or organised any form of protests over thr killing of two priests in Benue state and over the mass killings of Christians in northern Nigeria. The International Society for civil Liberties expressed its sadness that despite the fact that the Catholic ecclesiastic diocese in Onitsha is the oldest church in Eastern Nigeria yet it failed to lead in the condemnation of killings accross the country.
Intersociety berated “the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese for having the status of an Ecclesiastical Province and being the oldest place where the church started in Igbo land in late 19th and early 20th centuries; yet it has led other two dioceses of Awka and Nnewi into silence of the graveyard and inaction in the ongoing anti Christian butcheries in Nigeria.”
Intersociety in a statement by its board chairman, Emeka Umuagbalasi and Head, Civil Liberties and rule of law Program,Obianuju Igboeli, titled: “Processions Against Killing of Christians In Nigeria: What is Wrong with Anambra Catholic Bishops?” alleged that the three Catholic Bishops in Anambra state did not show any interest in the protest and therefore prevented their priests from participating.
“Our field reports corroborated by media reports clearly indicated that with the exception of skeletal and scanty parish processions in Ekwulobia, Adazi, Alor and somewhere at Fegge Housing Estate, Onitsha the rest of the state had the all important processions collapsed.”