By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA — All the Archdeacons in Anglican Diocese on the Niger have given Anambra State 30 days within to bring to book those who destroyed their church building or face protest.
Consequently, they also unanimously resolved to shelve their proposed rallies and demonstrations which would have taken place, yesterday, and next Monday, September 15.
The Archdeacons, in a statement by the Archdeacon of Oyi Archdeaconry, Venerable Joseph Nweke, and Sub-Dean of the All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha, Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu, said after their crucial meeting, yesterday, at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, to review their on-going struggle to save the church from unwarranted attacks from those they identified as agents of darkness, they decided to calm down for now.
“Government should stop protecting the hoodlums who pulled down our church building at Oyolu-Oze in Nkwelle-Ezunaka on Monday, August 11, 2014, but rather to arrest, investigate and prosecute them without delay.
“Government should also stop any provocative comments and actions against the Anglican Church forthwith.
“We have suspended all the proposed rallies for a period of one month from today. After the one-month grace from today and the state government still manifests insensitivity to our demands, we shall have no other option than to commence our strategic actions to reclaim our land where the church building was demolished on the fateful day,” the Archdeacons warned.
They said the decision to shelve the rallies for a period of one month from now was due to the intervention of the state government and individuals of the state.
The Archdeacons added that they decided to allow the state government ample time to look into their grievances as it concerned what they described as marginalisation and oppression of the Anglican Church in the state.