Aggrieved Anglican priests today, blocked the Anambra government house to protest against Governor Willie Obiano over the alleged seizure of a primary school in Onitsha by their Catholic counterpart.
The Anglican priests all dressed in their priestly robes and numbering about 200, claimed that the primary school belonged to them. They further accused Governor Willie Obiano, who is a Catholic of aiding his church in the seizure of the property which belonged to them.
Few weeks ago it was reported that the cold war existing between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church in Anambra State, was reignited after Anglicans were stopped security operatives from worshiping at Bishop Crowther Memorial Church, BCM, in Bishop’ Crowther Primary School, owned by the Diocese on the Niger.
BCM is located at the back of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, belonging to the Catholic Church. When Vanguard visited the church as early as 8.20 am, worshippers were seen standing in front of the house of the priest in charge of the church, Rev. Dr Leonard Onwuzuligbo, praying and singing praises to God, while stern looking Policemen, officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence, men of the Anambra State Vigilante, AVS, and men of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra State, popular known as OCHA Brigade barricaded the entrance gate of the church.
However the Anambra State Government through the Chief of Staff to Governor Willie Obiano, Mr. Primus Odili stated that the land does not belong to either of the Churches but to the state government.
He explained: “I was told that some people wanted to build on the land and I sent the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha and chairman ASUBEB, Chief Olisa Nze Emeka to go to Onitsha and investigate and they came back and confirmed that a structure is being built there and I had to stop them.”