Most Rev. Anthony Obinn a, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, has raised the alarm over increasing rate of killings and burning of vehicles in the South East and appealed to those causing the mayhem to stop the madness.
Preaching at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri , Sunday October 3, Archbishop Obinna recalled recent killings in the South East inc luding the gruesome murder of a renowned medical doctor, Chike Akunyili in Anambra State and other disturbing reports of people being burnt alive in their vehicles, Archbishop Obinna regretted that “life does not mean anything to ndigbo anymore.”
He made reference to Igbo ethical principle of Onyeaghala nwanne ya (Be your brother’s keeper), regretting that such value system is now turning into Onye gbuo nwanneya (kill your own brother).
He condemned what he called Ara ikwafu obara, Ara igbu ishi (craze for shedding of blood and beheading of human beings) in Igboland, recalling a savagely cruel video trending in the social media, where a young man was beheaded and his decapitated head used for kick soccer by cannibalistic youths.
“Elsew here in Igboland, severed human heads were displayed in a village square for people to see, as if they were trophies,”he added.
The prelate wondered if th ose en gaged in th e se macabre, besti al behaviour were indeed the same Igbo people he had been proud o who were known for respect for life.
Continuing, Archbishop Obinna said it was true that ndigbo are marginalized in one Nigeria but to turn the sword on our people through sit-at home, killing people and burning vehicles is not the answer.
“I understand the reason for Biafran agitations, to see if we can gain freedom from our oppressors,but how can we be seeking freedom , independence for ourselves as Biafrans and at the same time killing the same people you want to free. This is maniacal geno-suicide.”
”As we are being killed by the military and the police, we are also killing ourselves; one group using their youthful energy to kill, the other using political power and military power to kill us. How do we make sense from this tragic contradiction,?”he warned.
He called on the faithful to use this October devotion to pray for peace in Imo State, South-East and Nigeria.