Bishop urges lawmakers, govs to protect Igbos in Northern region

By Our Reporter

Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has called on South Easterners in the National Assembly, as well as governors in the region to safeguard the Igbo race in Nigeria.
He was commenting on the declaration by the coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) that the Igbo must leave the North not later than October 1, just as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo held a meeting with Northern elders, warning that the government would deal decisively with troublemakers.
Bishop Okorafor, who spoke recently at a church service in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Owerri West LGA of Imo State, advised South Easterners not to take the threat lightly, pointing out that a well known Northern elder, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has expressed his support for the youths.
The Bishop advised Ndigbo in the North not to rely on the promises of the Northern governors forum to protect the because such promises were made in the 60s before the pogrom happened in which many Igbos were killed.
While he did not advocate any bloodshed, he urged the Igbo to be vigilant and not to hesitate to leave before the date given.
The bishop applauded the congregation of Holy Trinity for neatness and the number of candidates presented for confirmation.
In his sermon, the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Progress Okoroafor, explained the Trinity which, he said, was indicated in Genesis when God was said “come let us make man in our own image”.
He preached unity among the people, as it is with the Holy Trinity.
He bemoaned the absence of justice and fairplay in governance in the nation, insisting that such cannot make for the unity of the country.

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