By Chinenyeh Ozor
NSUKKA—A factional group at Nguru community in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state has sued the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Rev. Prof Godfrey Onah, the Spiritual Director of Okunerere Adoration Ministry Rev. Fr. Paul Martins Obayi and elders of the community over a proposed private university in the area.
Fr. Obayi of the famous Okunere Adoration Ministry had approached the community for plots of land to establish the university which was said to have been approved after due process by the community.
However, a factional group of the community laying claim to ownership of the land dragged the clerics and elders of the community to court for trespass on their land.
Vanguard gathered that the community, after the elders were served court summon convened a general meeting of the 10 villages that make up Nguru community where it was resolved to stand in support of the establishment of the university in the area.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, the eldest man of the community, Edeoga Ekete Onyishi said it was a taboo for a child to sue his father in court over land, maintaining that the community willfully allotted the plots of land to Fr. Obayi for the purpose of establishing a university in the community.
“It is surprising that some people from the same community, about 21 of them ganged up, conspired among themselves to sue the Catholic Bishop, Fr. Obayi and elders of the community while laying false claims to the ownership of the ancestral land of the community” he said.
“Fr. Obayi who equally hailed from Nguru community approached the community in accordance with the custom and traditions of the community before the land was allotted for the purpose of the university to be established in the area”
He called on the factional group to withdraw the suit and follow the line of peace for the development of the community, pointing out that the 21 factional group may be ex-communicated if they fail to abide by the general decisions of the community.
Also speaking Me Ernest Obayi said that it was madness on the side of the factional group to take the entire community to court, explaining that Nguru general assembly met and approved the plots of land while some cabals in the community conspired to wage trouble to scuttle the good intentions of the cleric.
“The community had earlier set up peace committee that came up with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the host community and Fr. Obayi for the purpose of the university in the area. Some of the factional group were members of the peace committee but later pulled out to sow seeds of discord to stop the developmental project of the cleric.” he noted.