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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

IPOB CELEBRATE CORPUS CHRISTI WITH CATHOLIC FAITHFULS ACROSS BIAFRALAND

IPOB CELEBRATE CORPUS CHRISTI WITH CATHOLIC FAITHFULS ACROSS BIAFRALAND




Family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the company of a cross section of other Biafran catholic faithfuls in 3-3 Area of Onitsha/Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Anambra State, jointly carried out a procession/celebration of Christ the King/Corpus Christi. This event took place on Sunday 25th November 2018. The procession took place along Nsugbe college road and Onitsha - Otuocha expressway, both of which are in 3-3 Area. Benediction took place in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mba Farm.

Three notable priests who officiated in the event included Father Emma Ndubuisi of St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mba Farm, Father Paul Nwakor of Blessed Iwene Tansi Catholic Church Parish, Fighter Estate and Father Fredrick Ifeanyi of Capuchin Fransican Friary Promiseland Estate. Others were knights and ladies of the Catholic Church,  Pious Societies,  Catholic Men Organization (CMO),  Catholic Women Organization (CWO),  Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Catholic Boys Organization (CBO),  Catholic Girls Organization (CGO), Franciscan Children,  Laudate Choir, Block Rosary Crusade members, Men of Order (MOD), boys Scout, Church Wardens, Red Cross, including IPOB family members who are catholic members/non-members of either of the above mentioned catholic groups. The number of participants was approximately thousand.

All IPOB/Biafran Catholic faithfuls came out enmass with Biafran flags, dancing and raising prayers to Jesus Christ through the sacrament of the blessed Eucharist, to come to the aid of Biafrans. The celebration was marked with lots of positive surprises from participating IPOB family members in 3-3 Area of Onitsha/Nkwelle-Ezunaka. They made provision of free bags of satchet water to participants in the procession. Biafran flags were brazenly and unreservedly shared for joyful display to even non-family members. The IPOB family members added awesome and ecstatic colours to the event through a live band ably provided by them. The over joyed crowd that overwhelmingly thronged the venue was exceptional. It was an event that virtually every individual wanted to use to identify with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). it was really a program that nobody would want to miss as they danced and praised Jesus in the blessed sacrament amidst the ocean of colourful Biafran flags flown in admiration.

Family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ensured that the event was carried out in a peaceful and calm atmosphere as they teamed up with the church security outfit (Men of Order, MOD, Boys Scout and Church Wardens), to enforce law and order. Commercial/private vehicle drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike, were all pleased with the involvement of IPOB members in the celebration. Many brushed aside their engagements to participate in the event simply because of the encouraging participation of IPOB.

The narrative cannot be complete without mentioning the case of a woman participant in the  procession. She was reported saying that it was only the priests carrying the monstrance (Body of Christ), that were not carrying the Biafran flags. She maintained that everywhere was colourfully adorned with the flags. A teacher in Bethroot Model School 3-3 who also fully participated in the procession, was overwhelmed by the uncommon generosity exhibited by the IPOB family members through their provision of chilled water to thirsty participants. The most remarkable of the entire event was the benediction that climaxed the procession. As one of the priests raising the Eucharist (body of Christ) in the monstrance, Biafran flags were conspiquously flown everywhere within the venue,  saluting the personality of Jesus Christ. Other IPOB family members with bigger flags knelt down in prayers for the restoration of the sovereign nation of Biafra. The electrifying splendor of the entire event is honestly better seen than imagined. The reverence was good to behold.

Voices were heard extolling the quality organization, peace and tranquility brought to bear upon the event by the IPOB. Participants witnessed first hand, the discipline, amiability and love of the IPOB family members especially in reverence to God Almighty and fellow humans, quite contrary to peddled propaganda . As the entire event subsided, there was virtually no news of any breach of law and order.

Recall that in the recent past, there existed concocted reports carried against IPOB's campaign of no Nigeria organized election in Biafraland, in Christ the King Cathedral Church, Aba, Abia State. In that event,  the parish priest released a press statement against the IPOB, alleging the invasion and disorganisation of the church program. It is an irrefutable fact that millions of Biafrans/IPOB family members are committed Christians, worshipping God in different Christian denominations according to their persuasions. It is therefore correct to state here that they will stand up to vehemently resist anything that touches on their sensitivity as a people whether from the pulpit or outside the pulpit. Politicizing against the collective aspiration of the Biafran people was what they stood up against in Christ the King Cathedral Church in Aba.

Biafrans are exceptionally godly breed of humans. They extol the sanctity of the fear of God Almighty and the respect of human dignity, freedom of worship and expression. These form the reasons why there is absolutely nowhere in human history that Biafrans ventured into any war of conquest against the culture, identity or religion of any group of people.  Rather they can wholeheartedly welcome and accommodate the cultural, religious and identificational values of others but not to the detriment of theirs.

This is exceptionally remarkable and must be accorded due recognition, value and respect.

Okedinachi Chidiebere
Reporting For Family Writters Press

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