Archbishop AJV Obinna Speaks on His Attack by Imo Govt Supporters, Says "My Assault same as Christ’s humiliation at Calvary.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Most Rev. AJV Obinna, has compared an alleged assault he suffered on Saturday with “Christ’s humiliation on the cross of Calvary.”
He added that he had left in God’s hand his “assault” by "Imo State Government officials and All Progressives Congress members.”
The cleric, Ifeanyicy.com learnt alleged that some persons suspected to be APC members and government officials had assaulted him during a burial service on Saturday.
Speaking through the Director of Media and Communications of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Rev Fr. George Nwachukwu, claimed that he was “insulted and assaulted by the Imo Government Supporters.”
Nwachukwu said, “The archbishop and the archdiocese have decided to take no action against the APC members who assaulted the church.
“We have taken the assault on the archbishop the same way Jesus was insulted, assaulted and humiliated on the cross of Calvary.
“We have left it in the hands of God. The assault to the church and the archbishop was very painful, provocative and highly unwarranted; but we have resolved to press no charges but to leave it in the hands of God.”
APC members and Imo State government officials who assaulted the Archbishop reportedly accompanied wife of the state governor, Nkechi Okorocha; Chief of Staff to the governor, Uche Nwosu; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim; and some commissioners had allegedly invaded the altar and ordered the archbishop to stop his speech, which they considered to be anti-state government.
The incident happened on Saturday at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma-Obube in the Owerri North Local Government Area during a requiem mass in honour of the mother of one Mr. Alex Mbata, Pro Chancellor to Imo State University, Owerri.
The chief Judge of the state, Pascal Nnadi; and the senator representing Imo East, Samuel Anyanwu, were also present at the church service which ended in a fiasco.