Ensure release of Igbo Catholic priest abducted by bandits in Sokoto, IPOB tasks CAN


Rev Fr Oliver Okpala

IPOB members (file photo)

By Valentine Amanze

The pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has tasked the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to ensure a speedy release of the Igbo Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Oliver Okpala, kidnapped by Fulani bandits in Sokoto State last week.

Condemning the kidnap, IPOB, in a statement issued by its media aide, Comrade Emma Powerful, reminded CAN that Rev Okpala is a native of Oboama Nguru Aboh Mbaise council of Imo State.

IPOB aalso ccused CAN of deliberately ignoring the young priest’s ordeal simply because he is an Igbo man.

“This reverend [priest] was ordained as a Catholic Priest last year and was transferred to Sokoto State where he was serving as a parish priest.

“He is one of the Catholic priests kidnapped by Fulani bandits that no body is talking about; no verifiable effort nor common condemation from CAN, no reportage from BBC and other media because the Igbo are the victims of Nigeria. Is the the priest an IPOB member?

“Why would a Catholic priest suffer deliberate neglect and discrimination due to his Igbo race and the Catholic as a body is mute?” the group stated.

IPOB wondered why even the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a pastor, has not condemned the crime, even when he swiftly condemned the death of a Northern woman and her children in Anambra State, recently.

IPOB reminded Osinbajo that the Igbo were the first to alarm, tweet and publicly condemn the extra-judicial killing of a Christian school girl by her fellow students of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto for an alleged blasphemy of prophet Muhammed in student’s whatsaap forum by Islamic extremists of the school in Sokoto.




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