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Satisfied with the progress of the war he is waging against caste discriminations in Igbo land, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna has vowed not to relent until ndigbo stop the diala, osu, ohu, ume discriminations.

Preaching at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri penultimate Sunday, Archbishop Obinna said he came from the lineage and citadel of pagan traditional worship in Emekuku, his grandfather being onyeishiagbara, but God had chosen him and revealed His son Jesus Christ in an intimate way to him for the sake of freeing ndi Igbo from the arusi bondage.
Having being freed from the bondage to arusi himself, the Archbishop said he would continue to preach the liberation to all until we recover the “Chukwukere” and “Chukwunyere” that come from creation.

He recalled two encouraging development during the Christmas season to demonstrate that the war against the discrimination is moving on fine, making the so-called diala who have refused to be converted to cry.

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First, traditional rulers in Igbo land performed traditional rituals at AgukwuNri, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, to formally abolish the age-long practice in ala Igbo.

Also, within the period, an autonomous community in Umuaka, Njaba LGA, Imo State dealt a big blow to the caste system when they crowned an “Osu” their traditional ruler, thus breaking the yoke ndi Igbo fabricated for themselves which prevented certain people from being crowned Eze in the area.

The Archbishop also recalled a similar development in Irete, Owerri West LGA where the traditional ruler formerly abolished the segregation in his community.

Also, worthy of note, is the courage by some youths to marry those they love despite their parents’ objections, usually based on Osu/diala/ohu discrimination.

Archbishop Obinna said in all this, the traditional rulers and communities refused to allow the devil to keep them in its chain and bondage. “They have refused to remain in “diala agony” and are urging other Igbo communities to liberate themselves too from the diabolic bondage.”

While the liberation is taking place, the Archbishop said the diala in his arrogant claim of superior blood is in agony; he is crying and will continue to cry.

“Oftentimes, we talk about Osu Caste system. Osu caste system is only a consequence of the Igbo bondage to arusi. And the principal bearer is the diala in Igbo culture. And until the diala experiences conversion to Christ intimately, he will continue to be in agony.”

“That is why when people talk about Osu Caste System, I say that is only the superficial aspect of the problem. The main problem is diala and I know about diala because I come from the citadel of pagan traditional worship in Igboland.”

The Owerri Local Ordinary expressed delight that the gospel is permeating the minds of young people, men and women, because it is the younger generation that will help to break the yoke, not parents who are embedded in the fear of arusi. The fear, he observed, is not because of the gods or the shrine but what people will say.

By The Leader News Online



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