By Ononye VC
The last may not have been heard about the controversy surrounding the ownership of the land and schools where the state government erected two adjoining schools bearing the names Omu Nwagboka and Crowther Memorial Primary Schools, Onitsha.
The Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, Onitsha has been laying claim to the entire property for which they had in the past invaded the school premises where the Anambra State Government resisted their “trespass” into the premises.
It would be recalled also that a high Court in Awka, Anambra State, struck out a suit by the Anglican Communion claiming the premises.
However, recent developments is shedding more light on the ownership of the property as the Ekwerekwu family of Onitsha have reacted vehemently against the claim by the Anglican Diocese on the Niger,Onitsha.
A popular lawyer,activist,politician and leading family member of the popular Ekwerekwu family of Okposieke,Onitsha,Hon Barrister Harold Ekwerekwu said neither Catholic nor Anglican mission owns the property.
The present development erupted after an Anglican Bishop and a priest(names withheld) were seen in two viral videos laying claim to the land and also lampooning the state government and the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha for their inability to take possession of the property and also responsible for many of their woes in the state.
The viral video generated torrents of comments on Facebook and also attracted reaction from the Ekwerekwu family in Onitsha.
In that regard,Onitsha influential lawyer and politician,Barrister Harold Ekwerekwu who responded to a Facebook comment,expressed disappointment on how the Anglican clergy were going about the issue.
Trinitas monitored Facebook comments where Barr Ekwerekwu warned the Anglicans not to trespass on the property as it belongs exclusively to a particular people.
He said,”I am disappointed with the words used by the clergy in addressing the world over what can be resolved amicably and now ranting towards the last tenure of Obiano of which I describe as hate speech.Pls don’t trespass on the property as it belongs exclusively to a particular people…”
Ekwerekwu accused the Anglican Diocese on the Niger,Onitsha of many other travesties as sighted on the Facebook.(See attached screenshot).
Meanwhile the Onitsha Archdiocesan Laity Council has viewed with seriousness,two viral videos where Anglican clergies were making some allegations against the Catholic Church in Anambra State, accusing them of political marginalisation.
In a communique after a seminar during the week,the Laity Council described the allegation as false and unfounded.
According to them,the Catholics,Anglicans and Pentecostals have had their fair share of governors and appointments since the history of Anambra State.
The communique said the Catholic Church cannot be intimidated or cowered by the false allegations.
It also added that the Catholic Church has no special candidate for the election but is insisting that the ballot must count.