•Nobody knows what abomination is except God – Sister
•Mother who allegedly collected bride price from son fails to apologise
•Catholic priest at cleansing ceremony: Incest now rampant
By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
THE family of Lewis Ezeibekwe in Agba, Ekwulobia, Aguata local government area of Anambra State, last Sunday, underwent a spiritual cleansing spearheaded by the parish priest, Rev Fr. Ignatius Onwuatuegwu, of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ekwulobia following a taboo committed by their two children, Chiadikobi and Chibuzor, who got married.
Chiadikobi, a 25-year-old mathematics teacher, and his sister, Chibuzor, 17, and a former student of Government Technical College, Awka, allegedly got married at a ceremony presided over by their elder brother, Chijioke, in their compound at Ekwulobia.
Though the marriage was supported by their 53- year-old mother, Josephine Ezeibekwe, and father, Lewis, 78, and popularly known as Luisco, the eldest son of the family, Emeka Ezeibekwe, 33, kicked against the union.
Indeed, it was Emeka who reported the taboo to the Chairman of their extended family, Mr. Sylvester Ezenyekwele, who then informed the elders of the community.
A decision was later taken to cleanse the family of the taboo and the parish priest, Onwuatuegwu, agreed to perform the ceremony, which took place, last Sunday.
The cleansing involved the celebration of Mass in front of the Ezeibekwes’ house by the parish priest who said the gathering was an opportunity to emphasize on the social effect of sin.
According to him, the cleansing process involved prayer of restitution and the family’s reconciliation with God. Items used for the cleansing were water, salt, a lamb and seven palm fronds.
After cleansing the entire compound, seven virgin adorning white dresses used the seven palm fronts to sweep the entire compound.
The Rev Fr said: “This issue does not concern only the family of Lewis Ezeibekwe. It also concerns the entire Ekwulobia. We are in a world that has disintegrated and this cleansing is therefore important for all us and the entire country.”
Picking the theme of his sermon from the book of John and first Peter 24:2, the priest called on people to repent, saying that the sin of incest had become rampant in the society.
“We are here to do reparation for the sin that is already rampant in our society. It is also an opportunity for us to do reparation for Ekwulobia”, Onwuatuegwu said
“I am particularly touched by this boy Chiadi. When I came to Ekwulobia, I met him as a boy yearning for the things of God. He was the leader of the block Rosary group, but here we are today to plead with God to intervene in his life. When I heard the story, I was taken aback. Only God knows what happened”.
Before the cleansing process, the family of eight was asked to kneel before the traditional ruler, traditional prime minister and elders of the community to apologize to the entire Agba Ekwulobia community and they did.
Chiadikaobi, who, for the first time since the incident, admitted that he did wrong, said: “What we did was wrong and an abomination. I feel pained in my heart. I did not do it because I was hungry for a woman or attracted to my sister, far from it. I apologize to everyone. I am very sorry for bringing all of you out here under the sun. Please forgive us. We have gone through the process of annulment and the marriage has been annulled.”
On her part, the sister, Chibuzor, said: “Nobody knows what abomination is except God. I ask for forgiveness.”
Meanwhile, their mother, who allegedly collected the bride price from her son, only sang and did not make an apology.