The video footage that shows the moment a Rev. Fr. James Anelu, who is the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, who banned Igbo songs in his parish, has been shared online.
Father Anelu got suspended by the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos for banning Igbo songs in his parish — his suspension took effect from Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
A video shows church members revolting shortly after Fr. Anelu announced the ban which led to a tantrum in the church. The priest however stood his ground and threatened members with the “wrath of God“.
Anelu told them that if he goes to Ekwulobia and starts speaking Yoruba, the people will stone him. He went on to narrate an incident where he went for burial Mass in the South East and was initially denied a chance to say Mass because he can not speak Igbo.
He also asked why Igbos will be singing Igbo songs in a church in Lagos and questioned if the plan is to drive other tribes away from the church.
The video was obtained by LIB, watch as you scroll,