THE CHURCH, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DEMAND FOR JUSTICE By Obi Chindo

I believe in advocacy especially for justice, equity and fairness. I am equally of the opinion that people should advocate if they are able to strike a balance between two conflicting and open ended opinions having adequate enrichment in knowledge as a determining ligament. When one’s advocacy is incoherent with facts and figures, the whole exercise becomes an unguarded cacophony or worst still an advertisement of sheer idiocy. With the recent denominational pandemonium that trailed the media in the past one month and the square involvement of Anambra state government in the lopsidedness of the dividends of democracy by the incumbent Obiano-led administration, the consciousness and interest of the general public has been aroused.

Thus, it has been a matter of concern locally and
internationally to Christian bodies and humanitarian agencies who cared to know
the truth behind Anambra denominational uproar. Many hidden things people never
believed could happen in the Obiano-led government were laid bare to the spectacle
of the general public. For instance, many people were stunned on hearing that
employment and job opportunities are offered on the basis of one’s denomination
as a tactic to ‘colonize’ the state and subject it to a denominational colony.
However, some good-for-nothing vagrants frowned the decry against injustice and
some motor pack nonentities and idiots were mobilized and paid by Obiano-led
Government to stage an anti-protest campaign against the bishop on the Niger
who is fighting a just cause against marginalization, intimidation and
discrimination against other denominations by the state government. Their
anti-protest was quite understood as a way to bury the face of the state
government in shame for persecuting the church of God.

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I read the press release of the state government on
the issue of Bishop Crowther Memorial Primary School Onitsha by one Chief James
Eze, the so called Chief Press Secretary of the state government and indeed it
was ridiculous. The truth is that I find his submissions inharmonious with the
assertions of the report of the panel headed by Hon Justice Ononiba, and the
documents of ownership submitted by the diocese on the Niger to the state
government. The implication is that the so called Chief Press Secretary was not
well informed hence his unconscious submission to discordance. From every
indication, it is obvious that the said school belongs to the Anglican Church.
The deputy governor and some of the delegates sent by the governor to the
bishop on the Niger have advised the Governor to withdraw his claims over the
land and hand the school over to the rightful owners. To all these, governor
Obiano vehemently refused.

The question therefore remains, why must governor
Obiano insist he will not return the school to the diocese on the Niger despite
all the evidences and submissions of the panel of inquiry? It should be
recalled that the same governor Obiano had demolished an Anglican church in his
first tenure. This time again he ejected the Anglicans from their place of worship
and locked up the compound. This shows the glaring and intense hatred he has
for members of other denominations in this state. It is time to let the cat out
of the bag. If you come into Anambra state you will weep for our dear state.
Apart from the fact that your denomination determines whether you’ll be
employed or appointed into any political office in Anambra state, it is most
regretful that Obiano-led government has made Anambra state a denominational
affair. For Obiano to use Ego Ndi Anambra to fight for a particular
denomination and against other denominations is not just the greatest injustice
meted to Ndi Anambra but an abuse to the office of the governor. 

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Have you listened to the video clip by the veteran
actor, Stephen Alajemba popularly known as Uwaezuoke, sponsored by Dr Ifeanyi
Uba (Capital Oil) in which he exposed Dr Ifeanyi Uba’s deal with governor
Obiano and how the latter disappointed the former in the just concluded APGA
primary election for Anambra South senatorial seat? You need to listen to it
and see how deep our dear state has degenerated into denominational imbroglio.
He actually opened our eyes in that video clip. There are three basic
clarifications Obiano-led government need to give Ndi Anambra that voted him
into office.

1.       How many
local government caretaker committee in Anambra state are members of other
denominations than Roman Catholic?

2.       How many
people from other denominations are presently in the house of Assembly under
APGA party? How many of them have APGA ticket from the just concluded primary
election under the said party.

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3.       Ndi
Anambra may want to know who is Rev Fr. John Manafa and his portfolio vis-à-vis
employment in Anambra state? The said Rev Fr. is he a commissioner for
employment that you must pass through him and get his endorsement and
recommendation before you get any job in the government house, even as a
cleaner? Or is he a Roman Catholic cleric that should be engrossed with the
activities of his parish in Aguleri, the country home of the state governor?

Make your inquiries and see a deliberate attempt for
‘denominational genocide’ being committed by Obiano-led government. The cry for
justice is that Ndi Anambra who are not Roman Catholics be treated as having
equal fundamental human right without any religious or sentimental attachment.
Secondly, that no person should be held in any form of servitude either by
means of conscious subjugation by the activists of ‘superior denomination’ or
by means of genocidal contingency as an adjunct to rid the advocacy of other
denominations. Finally, that Governor Obiano should tender an unreserved
apology to Ndi Anambra, the Anglican community in general and diocese on the
Niger in particular as well as Bishop Owen Nwokolo, the See of the diocese on
the Niger for a concurrent abuse of power/office and its consequent profanity
to the Holy Order and the custodians of the Anglican heritage in Anambra
State.   

Obi Chindo wrote from
Onit