Tuesday, 19 May 2015

"Refine Imo Awka Now"--Catholic Diocese of Awka Appeals to Awka Indigenes

By (Okechukwu Onuegbu)
The Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson has appealed to Awka indigenes to refrain from infringing on other people’s rights while celebrating their annual cultural fiesta, Imo Awka.
Jonas Benson was speaking at the holy mass featuring the 2015 world communication day at St. Patrick Cathedral Awka.
He said it was “awful, barbaric, inhumane and uncultured for youths to prevent Christians from going to church to worship true God on Sunday like this because any sort of culture. We are not against cultural religion but we condemn in totality blocking of federal and local roads, brutality of people while going to Church. You have no right to deny people access to road.”
News48hrs.blogspot.com recalled that Awka people at wake of Imo Awka festival, blocked all roads, shut market places and shops at the major streets of the capital city while celebrating their annual cultural festival last Sunday.

The Catholic prelate equally enjoined Christians and other right thinking people to join force in condemning the act as well, lamenting that brutality been meted on people passing the road at course of the celebration was uncalled-for.
Earlier in a sermon, the Bishop charged the media practitioners to be agenda setters, uphold the ethics of their profession and shun usage of obscenity materials and other unhealthy things while disseminating information to the public.
Highlights of the day were celebration of the journalists by Fides, the Awka diocesan newspaper.
During the discussion, media practitioners agreed to hold the tenets of their profession to higher.



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