BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The attack on worshippers last Tuesday at St Theresa of Calcutta Catholic Parish, Awada, Obosi, has been described as ridiculous by the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor. The Prelate who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone from Awka, urged the Anambra State Government to offer people more protection, especially those outside Awka, before the self-destruct button is pressed.But reacting to this development, Bishop Ezeokafor regretted that the whole agitation was turning to something that rather hurt the people those agitators claimed to be fighting for, even as he said that fighting God would get them nowhere.”I heard the story and my immediate reaction will be that in all honesty, people are free to agitate against injustice but the way they are going about it is bad,” Bishop Ezeokafor stressed.
The Prelate who said he had become tired of the sit-at-home directive, which, he said, was taking a negative toll on manpower and resources of the people of the South East Zone, urged those behind it to think up better ways of doing it as the current way was causing problems for the people of the zone.”What happened in the church was ridiculous.
The tendency is that if nothing is done, one day they will order that there will be no Masses on Sundays. If they start fighting God I wonder where it will take them.”Government should do more to protect the people. Awka is safe but the places outside Awka are not. There is need to protect people everywhere. We are not helping ourselves and if this continues the way it is going, it will come to the point that one day we will destroy ourselves,” Bishop Ezeokafor said.It will be recalled that during a morning Mass in the said Parish last Tuesday, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had stormed the church carrying cans of petrol and sticks and ordered worshippers to leave the church, berating them for daring to worship on a day their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was to appear in court in Abuja where he is facing charges of treasonable felony.