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Idolatry: Ohaji/Egbema Diocese reads riot act to members

Henceforth, any member of the Anglican Diocese of Ohaji/Egbema participating in ceremonies considered idolatrous risks being sanctioned by the authorities in the Diocese.

A communiqué issued at the end of the 3rd Session of the 1st Synod of the Diocese listed the idolatrous ceremonies as Owu and Okorosha.

It also stated that those who consult arusi or agbara (deities) or native doctors will also be sanctioned.

Part of the synod’s resolutions also was that the Diocese would sanction any of its members participating in what is termed “eight days merriment” which featured wake-keeping prior to burials.

In place of that, the synod recommended only sing-song or service of songs between 4pm and 7pm in any of the days before burial.

The synod which has the theme, “contend for the faith”, was held at St. Thomas (Ang) Church, Ohoba from 1st – 4th August, 2013.

It advised Christians to be courageous enough to defend the Christian faith in all ramifications.

According to the communiqué, the synod commended Gov. Rochas Okorocha for appointing Mr. Clifford Igwe from the diocese as permanent secretary, the first ever from the diocese, adding that it was an answer to the synod’s request made of him last year.

It called on the governor to appoint a judge from Ohaji/Egbema.

While commending the governor’s youth empowerment programmes, it requested him not to remove or relocate any part of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo to other local government areas.

This, it said, would send wrong signals adding, that the government should consider the implications on the diocese as well as the consequent reaction of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) which is yet to accredit some of the courses offered by the institution.

Observing the massive influx of Muslims into Imo State, the synod recommended that they should be made to own permanent structures in the state as well as pay taxes required of them.

The communiqué, signed by the Deputy Chancellor/Registrar, Barr. Noel Agwuocha Chukwukadibia and the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku, urged government to prevail upon ISOPADEC to pay the Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN) so that they can resume power supply to Ohaji/Egbema.

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