Angered by the uncharitable conduct of Rev. Fr. James Anelu, the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has wielded the big stick, directing the priest to proceed on indefinite leave of absence.
Rev. Fr. Anelu in a bizarre pronouncement, banned Igbo songs and choruses in his parish, arguing that the excesses of Ndigbo must be contained.
The priest angrily stopped a soul lifting chorus during the second collection, noting that Igbos cannot keep dominating other people even in his parish.
He cited the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the bishop in person of Most Rev. Augustine Akubueze, adding that the spirit of God in any place recognises only languages indigenous to that geographical location.
This ignoble utterance by a supposed ordained priest didn’t sit down well with the members as the entire congregation went up in tumultuous uproar, staging a massive walk out of the mass.
See attached copy of the suspended letter below