Ndi-Igbo, When has kneeling down before a clergyman for prayers become a sin

Lagos Ohaneze President Clarifies Encounter With APC Chieftain

Lagos State Chapter of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural group Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Sunday Ossai has debunked insinuations in social media that his recent visit to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos was to seek his installation as Igbo leader in Lagos.

The Ohaneze President receives prayers from  Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbakun (Baba Eto).

Ndi-Igbo, When has kneeling down before a clergyman for prayers became a sin in Nigeria and the world over? The Presidents, Govs, Ministers, and Senators do that, Should one expect Chief Sunday Ossai to stand up while in front of a clergyman of that magnitude receiving prayers?

 

Who does not know the office of a Cardinal (even in the Catholic church)? Is it because Baba Eto is of the Celestial Church that our Igbo brothers posting such and calling it sacrilege found it difficult to respect such office? Posting such on social media is an insult to such a revered clergyman.

The above picture was taken in November 2021. At the height of preparations and consultations towards the 2022 Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Lagos election that saw Sunday Ossia as the elected president which was held in June 2022, Chief Anselem Njoku(Anatuanatu) was accused of sponsoring a ‘PDP’ member (chief Sunday Ossai) to take over the Ohanaeze Lagos leadership from Chief Solomon Aguene.

To clear these lies and rumours, the leader of the Arewa people in APC Lagos state Alhaji Dandama, a good friend of Chief Ossai is in the same Mile 12 market with Chief Ossai (the man wearing light green sitting down in the picture) took Chief Sunday Ossai to the revered clergyman, the Founder of the Celestial Church of Christ, city of God akiode Lagos and a chieftain of APC Lagos state, a member of Governor’s advisory council Lagos state Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbakun (Baba Eto).

Baba Eto was astonished to see that Chief Sunday Ossai has been a card-carrying member of AD, ACN and now APC. At the end of their discussions, the revered clergyman Cardinal Odunmbakun as Priest of God while Chief Ossai kneeling down prayed for him and blessed his ambition.

There are other pictures taken, why is that the only picture shown is the one taken immediately after the prayers?

When has kneeling down before a clergyman for prayers became a sin in Nigeria and the world over? The Presidents, Govs, Ministers, and Senators do that. Should one expect Chief Sunday Ossai to stand up while in front of a clergyman of that magnitude receiving prayers? Who does not know the office of a Cardinal (even in the Catholic church)? Is it because Baba Eto is of the Celestial Church that our Igbo brothers posting such and calling it sacrilege found it difficult to respect such office? Posting such on social media is an insult to such a revered clergyman. It’s disrespectful. Does it mean Baba Eto is too small to kneel before him? I ask, why make a mockery of such a revered clergyman? Will the writers of such write same had Chief Ossai Sunday knelt before Pastors Adeboye, Oyedepo, Cardinal Okojie, Bishop Mike Okonkwo etc?
Why was this picture not brought out before and or during the election? Why now the election done and won? What do the actors want to achieve? Just to make a mockery of Cardinal James Odunmbakun or Chief Ossai Igbo nation or Celestial Church of Christ or Yoruba nation? Which one?

To set the records straight, Chief Ossai did not meet Baba Eto as President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Lagos or install him as president of ohaneze,  rather the meeting and prayers took place in 2021 before the election to debunk the allegation of Solomon Agune, past Lagos ohaneze president  that his a PDP member working against Asiwaju and Sanwo-Olu

Ascribing it that Ohanaeze President of Lagos insulted Igbo nation, kneeling before a Yoruba man is quite inhuman, respectful to the person of a highly revered man of God. Haven’t politicians knelt before the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Most Rev Dr Adewale Martins, revered Pastors Adeboye, Oyedepo, Muoka, and even the Chief Imam of Lagos central mosque.? What is wrong with kneeling before Cardinal Odunmbakun for prayers and blessing? Should everything be politics for us?

He also said that his kneeling down to greet the APC Chieftain Cardinal Odunmbaku (a.k.a. Baba Eto) during the visit was a mere show of respect in line with the, what will believe in as Igbo, our chi God.

Making the clarification on behalf of his leader, the Public Relations Officer of Ohaneze in Lagos, Mazi Chris Nnabugwu in a statement on Tuesday signed for Beadysworld, said the Ohaneze President by kneeling down for a blessing from Odunmbaku merely portrayed his personality as a humble leader who believes in God and should be appreciated not insulted.

According to the spokesman, what our President did was in line with what each and every one of us is doing and still doing,

He further stated that Ossai was duly elected as Ohaneze President by members of the pan-Igbo organization Enugu headquarters led by Nze Ozichukwu and his Team and therefore did not need a Yoruba man no matter how highly placed, to be the one to install him, “not even Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu or Cardinal James Odunmbakuncould so” he remarked.

The spokesman has therefore advised members of the public, particularly people of Igbo extraction who felt embarrassed by the trending photo on social media to discontinue insinuations that tend to cast Ossai in dubious colours rather than appreciate him for seeking the face of God before his election irrespective of who the man of God is, the most important thing is his focus in God and should be recognized.

He noted that as a duly elected President of Ohaneze; Lagos State Chapter, he was not begging any non-Igbo to install him as president.

The major problem of Ohanaeze ndi igbo Lagos chapter has is the entrance  of political parties into our social cultural settings, bringing of APC, PDP, APGA etc into the socio-cultural organization, Where few individuals on their bid to get a cup of rice and buy favor, a cube of Maggi from Lagos state govt labeled their own brother(s) as anti govt of the day,
Tell all sorts of lies against their own.
The issue of ndi igbo in APC, ndi igbo in PDP has ruined the Ohanaeze ndi igbo Lagos. Together with many Igbo’s getting comfortable with doing nothing, being ideal unlike Igbo’s, Ohanaeze ndi igbo is apolitical, By the time we stopped these lies because of porridge yam, one thousand or 20 thousand,Ohanaeze will rise to limelight
There’s is nothing sacrilegious kneeling for
Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbakun for prayers and blessings his a Man of God and we should learn to respect our individualism even in religion.

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