A GROUP protesting under the aegis of Concerned Christian and Non-Christian Citizens of Anambra State has called on Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Owen Nwokolo, to leave Gov Willie Obiano out of any political scheming to set the state and the Anglican Church on a war path.
The call was made during a peaceful march to the Police Headquarters Awka where the group submitted a protest letter to CP Garba Baba Umar on Tuesday in response to a picketing of Government House Awka gate last week.
Comprising men and women of different ages, the group displayed various inscriptions borne on placards saying ‘Bishop Owen Nwokolo is a Politician’ among other headlines, urging Police to call him to order by making the Bishop to desist from his blackmail, campaign of calumny and incitement with which he feed the public with misinformation that casts aspersions on the governor.
The group later delivered its protest letter, which was jointly signed by their Coordinator, Ernest Anafonye and the Secretary, Onyedika Nwosu.
According to the letter, Bishop Nwokolo is fanning an ember of war in a peaceful state for selfish reasons.
“Bishop Owen Nwokolo deliberately with the intention to incite the public has taken to both the traditional and social media to spread false rumours claiming that Governor Willie Obiano is marginalising members of the Anglican Church in Anambra State.
Bishop Owen Nwokolo in his unquenchable desires for land-grabbing and insatiable want for possessions hiding under the guise of priesthood has continued to trespass on government land and properties only to turn around to resort to emotional blackmail whenever caught in the act.
We are not unaware that the unnecessary controversy started by Bishop Owen Nwokolo and orchestrated by his wife has everything to do with inability of their preferred aspirants to clinch tickets for various positions in the just concluded primary elections of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the 2019 general elections,” the letter reads in part.
It also noted that the activities of Bishop Owen Nwokolo in spending time and resources to incite the Anglican congregation and the public against Gov Obiano, the government of Anambra state and the Catholic Church were capable of instigating religious war in the state.
Baba Umar assured the protesters that the police would take necessary action, but however enjoined them to maintain the peace and avoid a breakdown of law and order.