famous Onitsha-based totally Prophet, Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere Odumeje has tendered unreserved apology to the people of Awka, Anambra state capital over hurtful statements he made in viral films on their mode of worship.
The controversial cleric popularly called Odumeje additionally apologized to the people of Arondizuogu in Imo nation for allegedly vowing to place a stop to the Ikeji pageant of the community.
Odumeje in separate viral videos in April, additionally allegedly attacked Arondizuogu people, describing them as fetish, simply as he attacked one in all their outstanding sons, Pericomo too.
For Awka, Odumeje defined their masquerade festival, Egwu Imo Awka as being fetish and a way of worshiping monkeys, which is the symbol of the god.
In one of the videos, Odumeje changed into visible boasting that if he got here in contact with the monkeys worshiped through Awka humans, he could wreck them.
even though Odumeje’s community, Orsu in Imo country had written to the communities concerned, tendering apologies, he had maintained silence, with more films in which he attacked the communities trending at the social media.
however in a declaration issued on Saturday by the pastor himself, Ohanaemere described the people of each groups as peace loving who he claimed to had recognised and shared fellowship in his church over the years.
He however stated the experience had thought him that ungaurded utterances with divisive inclinations had to be checked.
The statement partially study, “My attention has been attracted to the courses on social media over the alleged face-off among me and the coolest people of Awka and Arondizuogu communities in Anambra and Imo kingdom respectively.
“in the said posts, i was potrayed as putting forward struggle at the people of those groups and their respective traditional festivals and beliefs, It changed into also alleged that I had vowed to destroy Imo-Awka competition and positioned a stop to the Ikeji competition of Arondizuogu.
“consequently, upon the above, I desire to acknowledge that the human beings of Awka and Arondizuogu groups are peace loving and i have over the years come to proportion fellowship and service in church with a notable number of them.
“those groups and their renouned indegenes have been acknowledged and regarded as most important contributors to the development in their states, Igboland and the state at massive.
“Awka and Arondizuogu groups have produced terrific males and females of integrity and pedigree and have usually remained at the pinnacle of fantastic little children of Igbo land.
“towards this backdrop and with every humility as a Servant of the dwelling God, I truly apologise to the top notch people of those communities, to the entire humans of Igbo land and to my Elders for my utterances.i’m able to not make any tries to justify my announcement as even i will see that it’s far hurtful in all its ramifications.
“I additionally want to specially make an apology to the circle of relatives of Mazi Pericomo of Arondizuogu who I apprehend till his passing was a diligent servant(Evangelist) of God. I apologise and positioned it on report that this enjoy has concept me that words that speak any form of divisive communique amongst our people should be checked. this is a time for harmony, love and unwavering help for each different.
“in addition, I lend my voice to the directives of the federal and nation authorities in watching all of the COVID-19 protocols, while waiting on the Lord for the give up of the pandemic.”