four days after some youths attacked Catholic bishop of Owerri Diocese, Archbishop Obinna, for criticising the Imo State government during a funeral service, more prominent sons of the state have joined their voices in condemning the incident.
At a requiem mass in honour of the mother of the Pro-chancellor of Imo State University, Mr. Alex Mbata, at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma-Obube in the Owerri North Local Government Area, Imo State, some irate youth, angry that Archbishop Obinna condemned attempt to impose a governor on Imo State, hurled insults at him, snatching the microphone.
In his reaction, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume condemned, in strong terms, the incident, describing it as sacrilegious. He called on the relevant authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the ‘heinous’ crime were brought to book.
“We 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. Our politicians should realise a place of worship and sanctuary of God is a revered place and not a place for gangsterism, political rascality and cult activities.
“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.”
Araraume, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disassociated the ruling party from the ugly incident.
“The leadership of the party at the state and national levels condemns this act in its entirety. Once more, we call on well meaning members of the public, especially our youths to shun all acts of violence and should not allow themselves to be used as thugs to carry out anti-social vices,” he said.
Also, a governorship aspirant under the banner of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Okey Ezeh, has condemned the attack on Bishop Obinna. He said the incident was not only an affront to Christians everywhere, but also a complete desecration of an institution of God.