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Attack on Archbishop: PDP urges Imo residents to be at alert

Don’t bring mad dogs to church, APGA cautions APC
Araraume condemns assault

By Chidi Nkwopara, Ebun Sessou & Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—Following the verbal attack on the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Diocese, by  loyalists to Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu, the Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, asked the people of the state to be at alert.

A statement by the Publicity Secretary of PDP,   Mr. Damian Opara, described the situation as satanic.


It stated: “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Imo State Chapter, has been drawn to the unwarranted and satanic assault on His Grace, Archbishop Anthony J. V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, by officials of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

“The Imo PDP, viewed the attack on the Catholic Bishop as “one aggression too many. It has become the hallmark of the APC government and its officials in Imo State to always mete out physical assault on perceived critics of the party and the government.

“They are undoubtedly aversed to criticism even when it is clear that they have grossly mis-managed the state and her resources, and foisted untold hardship on the people.”

It went further to say: “To have attacked a highly revered cleric like Archbishop AJV Obinna under the supervision and in full glare of Governor Okorocha’s wife and his Chief of Staff is a pointer to what Imo people should expect in the days ahead as 2019 general elections draw nearer.”

Don’t bring mad dogs to church, APGA cautions APC

Also reacting to the incident, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has advised Imo State Government and All Progressives Congress, APC, to “stop bringing dogs to church.”

In a press statement, signed by its spokesman, Dr. George Nkwoji and made available to newsmen yesterday, in Owerri, APGA said: “It is an abomination to take wild dogs in human flesh, to church. It was sacrilegious to unleash same on a priest while delivering sermon”, Dr. Nkwoji said.

The Imo leadership of APGA described the assault on the revered Archbishop as “despicable and a veritable evidence that the APC-led government in Imo State, has sordid plans for the 2019 general election.”

While thanking God that the Archbishop was not physically touched, APGA however, insisted that the cleric was verbally assaulted.

“As a drowning man, the APC is willing to clutch on anything within it’s reach to remain afloat, including resort to brutality against personal and perceived enemies. To have attacked the Archbishop is indeed most unfortunate and intolerable in any civilized clime. Imo people are consequently implored to be on the alert, for such further occurrences”, Oparah pleaded.

Araraume condemns assault on Archbishop Obinna

Similarly, Senator Araraume has also condemned   the assault on the Archbishop AJN Obinna last week.

In a statement signed by the Director Media/Publicity of the Senator Araraume Destiny Foundation, Chief Kingsley Ufere stated that, the hoodlums went after the Archbishop during the funeral mass for the burial of late Lolo Ezinne Eziada Juliana Mbata.

According to him, the hoodlums insulted the Archbishop and even threatened to physically assault him. They made move to grab his microphone.

In his words: “We will like to state unequivocally that this act is totally unacceptable, condemnable and reprehensible.

“The perpetrators of this heinous offence should be brought to answer to the law.

“The person of Archbishop Obinna is a highly respected man of God and a senior citizen of our state. He should be treated with all measures of respect and dignity that he and his office deserve. The organisation also disassociates the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, from this act and action. The leadership of the party at the state and national levels condemns this act in its entirety,” he said.

He therefore calls on Imo state youths to shun all act of violence and should not allow themselves to be used as thugs to carry out anti-social vices. Adding that, the people of Imo state are basically Christians and understand the implications of desecrating the alter of God.




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