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Monday, April 06, 2015

Curse on Igbos: Catholic Church cautions Oba Akiolu, insists Nigeria a Republic, not Monarchy




The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, over the threat he handed down to Igbos in Lagos, insisting that Nigeria is a republic and not a monarchy, reports ITRealms.


The Catholics through the office of the Executive Secretary Caritas Foundation Nigeria and Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, gave this note of warning in a press statement made available to ITRealms, raising credibility of the Oba for acting god.


While condemning the threat handed down by the Oba of Lagos to the Igbos in Lagos that they should vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, or else perish in the lagoon, Catholic Church advised the Monarch to withdraw his curse with immediate effect.

They noted that the Royal Father is "missing the point that Nigeria is a Republic and a Democracy and not a Monarchy."

According to Rev. Fr. Bassey, denounced Akiolu's comments which, saying such amounted to threat and intimidation of bonafide citizens of this country, Nigeria. Stressing that Lagos has grown into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa for decades, and "any citizen contributing to its economy and politics can be a bonafide resident."

Further the Catholic Church wonder “why single out a particular ethnic group for this curse? Does it mean a Yoruba or Hausa person living in Lagos who votes for Jimi Agbaje will go scot-free but any Igbo who votes for Agbaje will drown in the Lagoon? Does it mean that people should vote out of fear and not their consciences? Would such an election be free and fair, where people have to vote out of intimidation?


This, Catholic Church said amounts to voters intimidation.


Listen to the hate speech threatening Igbos in Lagos by Oba Akiolu:

Chuks Egbuna +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)
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