Alleged Anti-Igbo Comment: Catholic Church Group Attacks Oba Of Lagos

Published On: April 6, 2015, 5:36 pm (5 years ago)
Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has issued a statement, condemning the alleged anti-Igbo statement made by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, when Igbo leaders in Lagos visited him on Sunday.
Read full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT REACTING TO OBA AKIOLU’S CURSE ON THE IGBOS IN LAGOS
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“At the national offices of Caritas Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Commission, we are totally shocked to read about the threat handed down by Oba Akiolu to the Igbos in Lagos. While it is understandable that a Royal Father would want for his wishes to be carried out, we are deeply concerned that the royal father is missing the point that Nigeria is a republic and a democracy and not a monarchy.
“We understand the genuine fear of the great Oba of losing Lagos to strangers. But Lagos has been one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa for decades and any citizen contributing to its economy and politics can be a bonafide resident. As such, the upstages as happened in the last elections are to be expected. Nevertheless natives and non-native residents should feel free to negotiate and clarify expectations but not in the threatening and intimidating manner the revered Oba has lashed out.
“We have just a few interrogations: 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 scotfree 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?
Does not the threat of the Oba Akiolu amount to voter intimidation?
“We humbly call on the Oba himself to withdraw his curse and rather appeal to the people, for indeed such a threat may amount to playing God and God who is a merciful father will not allow his children to die so senselessly just because they were fulfilling the dictates of their conscience. The fact that APC is government at the centre is a strong factor to employ and appeal to people to vote APC rather than invoking ancestral powers for destruction. Why is it that in Africa we usually invoke our powers for destruction and not for building-up?”

Signed…
Fr. Evaristus Bassey
Executive Secretary
Caritas Nigeria and JDPC
Abuja















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Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 05:36 PM | Addicted Hero
 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 05:41 PM | Addicted Hero
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Hmmmm
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 06:03 PM | Hero
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The Igbos should try and go against the Oba if they want....... Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 06:08 PM | Hero
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0ba is insane
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 06:32 PM | Upcoming
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If this is true, Am not in support of the oba.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 07:04 PM | Newbie
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Apc don loose with this his threat
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 07:08 PM | Addicted Hero
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Is the catholic church only for the Igbos. Why is the catholic church coming out to defend a tribe.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 08:16 PM | Newbie
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Na wa   oo Naija my country
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 08:46 PM | Hero
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I tire for una, 0oh! haters of igbos God dey!
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 09:03 PM | Gistmaniac
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Quote from: Stephen Adeoshun on  6-04-2015 08:16 PM
Is the catholic church only for the Igbos. Why is the catholic church coming out to defend a tribe.
Stephen, the Catholic Church is only being objective here, no sentiments attached ...the oba is totally wrong here...someone should please tell him what Democracy is all about.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 09:08 PM | Gistmaniac
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Quote from: Stephen Adeoshun on  6-04-2015 08:16 PM
Is the catholic church only for the Igbos. Why is the catholic church coming out to defend a tribe.
The church defends Peace.... not tribe
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 09:16 PM | Gistmaniac
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Quote from: Stephen Adeoshun on  6-04-2015 08:16 PM
Is the catholic church only for the Igbos. Why is the catholic church coming out to defend a tribe.

Is the election for the IGBO'S alone? The Catholic Church is not defending any tribe here to my own understanding, rather they are trying to talk some senses into the SKULL of his Royal Highness Oba Riliwanu Akinolu.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 09:42 PM | Newbie
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It shall not be well with him in JESUS name AMEN
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 10:19 PM | Newbie
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A yoruba man is a tribalistic entity. A very stupid set of people m
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 10:42 PM | Upcoming
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I am sick and tired of Igbos shouting tribalism when Lagos has been your umbrella for decades. Why do you like to reap where you did not sow? At this point, nobody has the freaking time to appeal to you to behave......lagoon straight....Keep calling Akiolu dog or monkey Oba, it's not gonna help.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 10:48 PM | Newbie
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vimak vimak (m)
YOUR HIGHNESS REMEMBER NEBUCHADNEZZAR IN THE BIBLE...DON'T TAKE THE PLACE OF ALMIGHTY GOD..HE GOD, CAN'T SHEAR HIS GLORY WITH NO ONE..
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 11:29 PM | Upcoming
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Quote from: TammyA on  6-04-2015 10:48 PM
I am sick and tired of Igbos shouting tribalism when Lagos has been your umbrella for decades. Why do you like to reap where you did not sow? At this point, nobody has the freaking time to appeal to you to behave......lagoon straight....Keep calling Akiolu dog or monkey Oba, it's not gonna help.

This is too bad for an Oba of his type. We are waiting to see those who will drown, because nothing will stop me from voting for Jimi Agbaje.
Posted: (5 years ago) on 6-04-2015 11:38 PM | Upcoming
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My question is, what did d igbos say when Asari issued a similar threat to yorubas if they did not vote Jonathan ...what statement did the Catholic Church issue against Asari ' s threat Then?  ....double standards
Posted: (5 years ago) on 7-04-2015 12:04 AM | Gistmaniac
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SMH
Posted: (5 years ago) on 7-04-2015 01:18 AM | Upcoming
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