Catholic priest suspended for banning Igbo songs in his parish

Fr. Anelu

A story now trending online has it that angered by the uncharitable conduct of the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Rev. Fr. James Anelu, the Lagos Catholic Church has wielded the big stick, directing the 'god of men' to proceed on an indefinite leave of absence.

Rev. Fr. Anelu in a bizarre pronouncement, banned Igbo songs and choruses in his parish arguing that the excesses of Ndigbo must be contained.

The Priest angrily stopped a soul lifting chorus during the second collection noting that Igbos cannot keep dominating other people even in his Church.

He cited the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the Bishop in person of Akubueze adding that the spirit of God in any place recognises only languages indigenous to that geographical location.

This ignoble utterance by a supposed ordained priest didn’t sit down well with the members as the entire congregation went up in tumultuous uproar, staging a massive walk out of the mass.

However, in a swift reaction, the Lagos Diocese dismissed the priest’s comment as “completely unacceptable” adding that the “unsavoury” remarks by Rev. Fr. Anelu “doesn’t represent the Catholic Church position on common brotherhood of people of all tribes and religion.”

In a disclaimer issued by Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of Lagos, the priest “has been asked to proceed on an indefinite leave of absence to give an opportunity for a thorough investigation of all matters relating to his ministry in the parish.”

The leave of absence is effective Tuesday, 8th February, 2022.
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