THE 119 villages in the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State has formalised the eradication of Osu Caste system in their communities.
This was sequel to a unanimous decision of the monarchs, town unions and other traditional institutions in the communities in collaboration with a group, the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatization in our Society (IFETACSIOS), to bring to an end to such harmful practices that had the communities down.
Speaking on Monday during the interdenominational prayer session cum declarations and ‘Isu Oho’ by the chief priests and ‘Akpuraruas’ from the three quarters, which make up Nsukka town, held at Ugwuorie, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, condemned the reprehensive traditional practice.
Quoting Galatians 3:28, the clergy explained that there was no need for discriminatory practices amongst people created by God.
Represented by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr. Eugene Odo, the Bishop who was full of joy to God said “this is the first of its kind in Nsukka cultural zone.”
He noted, “There cannot be development amidst strife and discrimination. The Osu caste system needs to be eradicated to enable all members of the society to contribute their quota in moving the communities forward because we cannot make progress when we discriminate against ourselves.”
The cleric, however, appealed to other communities within the Nsukka cultural zone to emulate Nsukka town by initiating steps towards ending harmful cultural practices seen to be anti-people.