Cleric chides security agents for locking out Obi, Orji, others

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The Anglican Archbishop of Aba Province, Rt. Rev Ikechukwu Nwosu, yesterday berated security agents for blocking Governors Peter Obi (Anambra) and Theodore Orji (Abia) from entering the St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Ogidi, where a funeral service was held for the late Prof. Chinua Achebe.

Rev Nwosu said it was wrong of President Goodluck Jonathan’s security aides to block the governors and clerics from entering the church for any reason.

Rev Nwosu said politicians should caution their aides at functions.

He said: “If these priests are not here, Achebe will not be buried. The security men broke the rule of order of service by locking the bishops outside. Without the men of God, everybody will be seated here doing nothing.

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“Not only that the priests were locked out, the host governor, Mr. Peter Obi and the Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji were equally prevented from coming inside the church. That is not the way to do things.”

Many of the dignitaries who attended the church service, including reporters, were frisked by the security operatives.

Rev Nwosu, who represented the Anglican Primate Rt. Rev Nicholas Okoh, said the late Achebe was known for his “ parable to the Nigerian nation, his foundational upbringing and his social actions’’ quoting from Matthew 3: 34.

He said the late Achebe’s achievements were informed by his determination and trust in God, adding that there was no hopeless situation on earth.

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