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Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Priest Who Angrily Banned Igbo Songs In Church Has Been Sent On Indefinite Leave Of Absence...

The Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, Rev. Fr. James Anelu, has been “suspended” for banning Igbo songs and choruses in his parish. The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Alfred Martins, in a “disclaimer”, directed the priest to proceed on “an indefinite leave of absence”.







The gist...

 Rev. Fr. James Anelu angrily stopped a soul lifting chorus and said the Igbos cannot keep dominating other tribes in his Church.

He made reference to Benin Diocese where they allegedly dominate and reportedly said that the spirit of God in any place recognises only languages indigenous to that geographical location.

The entire congregation disagreed with him and exited the church premises enmasse.







70 comments:

  1. "the entire congregation disagreed with him and exited the church premises enmasse.". Ikwakwakwakwakwakwakwakwakwa. perfect example of a fanatic. Father thought he was dealing with the usual sheeple. who is he to ban songs in a Catholic Church? na your papa Church?

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    1. HATE. Its a terrible thing and cant stay hidden for long.

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    2. Ms. Saphire you can say that again. I'm beginning to like and look at for your comment always here.

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  2. All these religious people sef.

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    1. Funny thing is Igbo people dominates catholic church everywhere.

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  3. ".......On saying this, the entire congregation went up in tumultuous uproar, leading to serious options that He should also ban the offering and contributions of igbo people.

    There was massive boycotts as people walked out of the church service."



    Unbelievable.... First, it was the Coza pastor firing shot at the Igbo congregant in his business arena. Now another Catholic Priest. What are they afraid about the Igbo race? What is the crime of the Igbo race? Why do people often feel intimidated about the Igbo ingenuity? Is it a crime we are often and always outstanding wherever we find ourselves? I don't just understand this level of animosity towards a race of people. I wonder how such a man is still being recognized as a priest with this level of bigotry displayed in the public space.

    In all, the Igbo race keep excelling and soaring higher. If I was not an Igbo man, I would have opted to be one. Our ingenuity and industriousness can't be overemphasized and that is whom we are.

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    1. Dont turn it into a race issue, even among igbos, there is racism. The priest is a single entity trying to display his ignorance and sentiment here, his view does not represent the whole.

      He might think he has a point, but what does he expect when the majority of the choirs or members are from other tribe? they have to do what they know how to do best.

      The priest should have done more to introduce more of other tribe into the choir or let things be.

      God is everywhere,no matter the diversity of culture or language.

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    2. You have problem you have just not seen who will tell you. Thank God the Fr is from the same tribe on top of that you still wrote epistle! Abeg try Dey rest

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    3. Nobody is afraid of the Igbos.

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    4. Thanks Olomo for your comment but I'm only stating the obvious. When two different god of men have done this to a tribe what do you want us to think or believe? Is it when the third or fourth join them.

      Anon 11:02, No, he's not Igbo. Cos the name sound Anelu you think so. An Igbo priest won't sound that bitter over his own people.

      Alexander if you say so, but what's this "domineering" thingy often used against the Igbo people? What message does that represent to you?

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    5. Olomo olomo … Abeg try Dey know the difference between racism and tribalism. He get why.

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    6. Afraid Kwa? I expected an epistle from you when I saw the article. This boy, rest in Jesus name

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    7. @Teejay, your ignorance is mind boggling. There is nothing like Igbo race, or Yoruba race or Black race for that matter. There is only one HUMAN RACE!

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    8. Thank you Olomo. Mtchew

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    9. Wow! so much hatred! so people from delta state will say what????? I have noticed that when a person undergoes ill treatment from a tribe, they generalize the entire tribe! Some ill comments come from envy, anger, past bitter experience or the person in question must be a bitter person who is depressed or not doing well in life! No good person spills evil! Evil begets evil! Eating my breakfast and laughing at most of the comments here!

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  4. Nawa o,where did he learn such nonsense?The Bishop's action is apt.

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  5. Okay. At least Teejay can rest now.

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    1. Rest from what exactly? Can you be more explicit here.

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    1. Mere looking at his face, you won't doubt what he's capable of doing.

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    2. He's kukuma one of you people else you all would have turned it into "why do they hate Igbos yen yen yen"

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    3. According to source, James Anelu is an indigene of Edo state of Nigeria.

      So Anon 11:49, you're absolutely wrong. No Igbo person will have this resentment against his own people.

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  7. Edo no like igbos. We know them very well. They are everywhere including my former church.

    Good they took him out. He should go to Benin and be singing uwese baba.

    Seems majority are afraid of ndi dot

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    1. Haba, generalised sweeping comments like this are not the way forward

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    2. haahaaahaaaa Yori Tori o πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      He should go and sing their Uwese aburiemhen
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    3. What nonsense are you yabbing? Why do you empty heads believe every other ethnic nationalities are afraid of Igbos. We accommodate your silly asses in our communities and in your dirty pride you believe we are afraid of Igbos. Who exactly are Igbos that we should be afraid of.

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    4. Haahaahaahaa, uwesee uweseeh baba ooo.

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    5. Did an Edo person offend you?

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    6. The feeling is mutual

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    7. I doubt you are a man!
      I pity whoever you are co-habiting with!
      Everytime you bandy words around like a crazy market woman,tufiakwa!!!

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    8. I know you will ask me to comment with my ID if they born me well,I have been anonymous since I joined this blog and nothing will make me change it!
      Try and act your age please, leave this bitter and bile usage of language for children and respect yourself!

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    9. The question should be why does Igbo have problems with almost all the tribes..
      Igbos are even the ones that feels every other tribes are beneath them,they hates the yorubas,hausas and even other tribes..some igbos carry hatred on their heads for everyone just their town person..

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    10. @Mrs Sharon. an Igbo man has a solid target to meet,he doesn't notice anybody,it's you people who are running around finding ways to bring him down.God knows who to bless, iwotago?

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    11. Gbagaun everywhere!

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    12. Yori my dear....u don scatter him head o. Hahahakikiki

      Igbo amaka

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  8. Saying that in a church that igbos are a majority in. Ha!

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  9. Just imagine fa..a Priest! Wahala everywhere.

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  10. Haahaahaahaa, he tink say na dem some Pentecostal Christians wey dey fear their pastors, haahaahaahaa.
    Truth of a matter, is that the Igbos are predominantly Catholics, just like the white garments are filled with the Yorubas.

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    1. Must you Catholics involve Pentecostal church in everything you say? A Catholic priest did something wrong ,instead of you to address it ,you are talking about Pentecostal churches.

      I can only imagine if it was Adeboye or Oyedepo that did this , the whole country would have scattered by now.

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  11. One of the many problems Nigeria is facing today "Tribalism" serves the man wella

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    1. I doubt it. It's a language problem here, not everyone understands Igbo.

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  12. Domination in the Church? How does singing Igbo songs lead to domination, We sing in diverse languages in our local Churches. Well in the archdiocese of the Benin metropolitan sea, our Bini brothers and sisters have been fighting to have their bishopric. Gabriel Igbinedion a Baptist even built bishop's court in Okada in anticipation that the Vatican will grant their wish. They were not happy when Augustine Obiora Akubeze was made the Archbishop , they wanted a Bini man. The palace was involved at some point. They were simply told only the pope have the exclusive power to elevate any priest to that position, they didn't even have senior priest within the Archdiocese. I recall the fight in the Anglican church over the appointment of a bishop of Bini origin, how they rejected bishops that were sent to them. They started this whole thing from the fight to have a vice chancellor of Bini origin. Why can't we just take ethnicity out of the Church. Must our etbnic nationalities always be a hindrance to peace in our nation

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    1. For the first time I will agree and like your comment.

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    2. It's a big problem, even in the mega churches in Naija.

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  13. Good for him. Nonsense and ingredientsπŸ˜”

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  14. So obvious some of them don't practice what they preach. He's now a mouth piece of the Holy Spirit. The hate for igbo's will consume them.

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    1. Newsflash!! He is IGBO. See them 😏

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    2. What's the crime of the Igbo man? I'm yet to get an answer to this question ever since I started asking people.

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    3. Loud it for those at the back.
      IGBOS KEEP PROGRESSING

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    4. Liar he's not Igbo, he's from Edo State. See you 😏

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    5. Anon, he is not Igbo. How many times will you hear that.

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    6. They will start investigating him, hope he's clean as white. The Fr should have talked to them after service to learn Bini songs or teach them. He couldn't control his anger or hatred. Igbo songs are sweet...the way we praise our God eh. Agidigba Chukwu.

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  15. You do not just impose laws on people

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  16. 🀣🀣🀣. So they have taken tribal war into the church? Catholics una dooh o. Imagine if this happened in a Pentecostal church , the comments would have reached 200 by now. You would have been seeing "god of men , god of rod" all over the post.

    Catholic be covering up evil wrongs in their church. Learn to speak out if any wrong is being perpetuated in the church.

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  17. Serves him right,if he wants more songs from other tribes he should have encouraged more people to join the choristers but you cannot expect a choir filled with Igbos to be flowing in songs from other tribes.
    I was once a chorister and even though we were always encouraged to balance the song list, but as a Yoruba lady I would have sang 7 praise songs from tribe before adding one from other tribe.
    There are better ways the priest should have gone by it,not by outright banning which is so ridiculous

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    1. Why didnt he bring his people to come n occupy d church n take over the choir? Na wa.

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  18. Always shouting they are hated hated. Why not take a good look at yourselves instead?!

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    1. u mean a look at our happiness and prosperity?πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    2. We are happy and hyper, join us, this life na once.

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  19. Hmmmmm Odiegwu nor be our fault say we dey dominate everywhere ooo, even here on SDK blog na Igbos dominate am, so make una sorry ooo nor be our fault.

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  20. I admire how decentralized the catholic church can be in handling most matters. If we can do it in a church, why not do same for the country? Hold all our leaders accountable. Impeach who needs to be impeached. Country no be your Papa own, na for all of us, masses and citizens. No more recycling same leaders when it is NOT a monarchy. Phew!

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  21. I bet my last Naira that this so-called 'Reverend Father' would have been very happy were the songs in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German and other non-African languages that not even one member of his parish understands. He should realize that the Igbo people are the single largest Christianity-followers in Africa and Igbo people are the largest Christian group in Nigeria.

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  22. Divide the country.

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  23. I have seen and endured plenty things in this Naija but this one really made me sad.....we need to ask Rwanda where this kind of madness got them.....

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