NSUKKA DIOCESE DARED THE RAIN IN A PEACEFUL/PRAYERFUL PROCESSION

By Dominic Eze.

Catholic faithful of Nsukka Diocese on Tuesday 22nd of May, 2018 trooped out in their thousands (not minding the rain) in a peaceful/prayerful procession against the ferocious killings in the Country and especially to particularly mourn the killings of 2 Catholic Priests, Fr. Joseph Gor, Fr. Felix Tyolaha and no fewer than fifteen other members including children in Makurdi Mbalom Diocese. This rally with the theme: PEACEFUL/PRAYERFUL PROCESSION against the incessant killings in the country was done in the different deaneries of the diocese simultaneously as the burial of the 2 priests and 15 church members in Makurdi Mbalom Diocese was going on. Meanwhile, the burial mass at Makurdi Mbalom Diocese witnessed the presence of 10 of Nsukka Diocesan Priests and Christian faithful led by the Chief Shepherd, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey I. Onah (Fr. Bishop).

The Catholic Faithful in Nsukka, Eha-Alumona and Ibagwa-Ani deaneries all assembled in St Theresa’s Cathedral from which they made procession down to the Local Government. At the Local Government, the Diocesan Chancellor, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajethan Iyidiobi on behalf of the Bishop in absentia declared that the peaceful demonstration was in line with the directives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

In the attempt to express the grievances of the Catholic faithful of Nsukka Diocese over the barbarous killings in the country to the Government, the Vicar General of Nsukka Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Amuluche Nnamani opined that the peaceful demonstration was to solidarize with members who were massacred by some wolfish sect called the Fulani Herdsmen and equally to conscientize with the Government as well as remind them of their duties for security; leaving lives of citizens without protection and not giving them the opportunity to protect themselves. Therefore, he advised the Government to either rise-up to their duties or stand-out for capable personalities.

Meanwhile, the Chairman in turn expressed his grieve and promised to extend the cries of his people to the higher authorities. And on his own part, he pledged to make every effort to secure the lives of his people as well as dispatch his duties well. Speaking at the Local Government in Igboeze-North of Enugu State where Aji and Enugu-Ezike deaneries converged, the Dean of Enugu-Ezike, Very Rev.Fr. Fred. Agu thanked the Christian faithful for their faith and urged them to pray harder for peace in the country. To the Government he jolted them into action and urged our leaders to protect our lives.

All through the Diocese, the same prayer procession was held and Christians really showed their faith even in the heavy-down-pour of rain and as well showed their solidarity over the victims of the truculent attack by the Fulani-Herdsmen.


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