Catholic Priest Angrily Bans Igbo Songs In Church, Bishop Suspends Him
The Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Rev. Fr. James Anelu has banned Igbo songs and choruses in his Church.
The Priest who angrily stopped a soul lifting chorus during the second collection said the Igbos cannot keep dominating other people even in his Church.
He sighted the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the Bishop in person of Akubueze.
Rev. Fr. James Anelu said that the spirit of God in any place recognises only languages indigenous to that geographical location.
On saying this, the entire congregation went up in tumultuous uproar, leading to abrupt dismissal as people massively walked out of the Mass.
In a swift reaction, the Catholic Diocese Of Lagos has sent the priest on mandatory leave of absence with immediate effect until further notice.
In a letter signed by the Archbishop Adewale Martins, the diocese appealed to all parishioners to continue to worship God and commune as “one family” without any language or tribal barrier, describing the priest’s comments about Igbo songs as ” completely unacceptable”.