Fact Check: Who is The Catholic Priest That Banned Igbo Songs in His Parish and Why He Banned Them

 Fact Check: Who is The Catholic Priest That Banned Igbo Songs in His Parish and Why He Banned Them

Catholic Church Priest banned Igbo songs in his parish

A Catholic Church priest started making the rounds in the early hours of Tuesday after reportedly banning Igbo songs and choruses in his parish.

Who is The Priest That Banned Igbo Songs and Choruses in His Parish

The parish priest is identified as Rev. Fr. James Anelu who heads one of the Catholic parishes in Ikorodu Lagos, Nigeria.

Priest Who Banned Igbo Songs and Choruses, James Anelu State of Origin

According to source, James Anelu is an indigene of Edo state of Nigeria. The clergyman also claimed to have headed a Benin Diocese before moving to Lagos.

When was Rev. Fr. James Anelu Ordained as Priest

Fr. Anelu was ordained as Catholic priest on November 20, 2001 at the Auchi Diocese of Edo state.

Name of The Parish Where Songs and Choruses were Banned

The name of the Parish where Fr. James Anelu heads and banned Igbo songs and choruses is called Holy Trinity Catholic Church, located at Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Why Did Rev. Fr. James Anelu Banned Igbo Songs in His Parish

The angry priest said that the excesses of Ndigbo must be contained. He added that Igbos dominated his Benin Diocese to the point of becoming the Bishop.

Anelu was reported to have banned Igbo songs and choruses in his parish, arguing that the excesses of Ndigbo must be contained.

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It was learnt that he had angrily stopped a soul-lifting chorus during the second collection, noting that Igbos cannot keep dominating other people in his Catholic parish.

He reportedly cited the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the Bishop, allegedly claiming that the spirit of God recognises only geographical languages of the parish.

What Has Catholic Authority Done about The Priest That Banned Igbo Songs in His Parish, Rev. Fr. James Anelu

Impeccable source has confirmed that the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, Rev. Fr. James Anelu, has been “suspended” for banning Igbo songs and choruses in his parish.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Martins, in a “disclaimer”, directed the priest to proceed on “an indefinite leave of absence”.

While announcing the suspension, Martins, in the letter dated February 7, said, “It has been brought to our notice that Rev Fr James Anelu, the priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa, Ikorodu, made some completely unacceptable comments about Igbo songs being sung in the Church and unsavoury remarks that do not represent the Catholic church’s position on the common brotherhood of peoples of all tribes and religions.

“For this reason, he has been asked to proceed on an indefinite leave of absence to give an opportunity for a thorough investigation of all the matters relating to his ministry on the parish. The leave of absence takes effect from Tuesday, February 8, 2021, till further notice.
IT IS A SHAME!!!

James Anelu, Catholic priest who banned igbo songs and choruses in his parish
Catholic priest ban Igbo songs in his parish

Women’s Rights Activist, Laila St. Matthew-Daniel Defends Priest Who Banned Igbo Songs, Compares Igbos to Fanatical Muslims

Woman’s rights activist, Laila St. Matthew-Daniel has weighed in on the trending ban on Igbo songs and choruses by a priest in his parish.

Olainfo earlier reported how a Catholic priest of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Lagos, Rev. Fr. James Anelu banned Igbo songs and choruses in his parish over dominance.

It was also gathered that the priest has been suspended by the Catholic authority after a video of the Church service where he imposed the ban had gone viral.

However, amids the brouhaha trailing the action of the clergyman during the Church service, the activist has taken to social media to defend him as she compared the people of Igbo extraction with fanatic Muslims…. continue reading

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Nicholas Oladipupo

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A Nigerian journalist and graduate of Linguistics and Communication Studies. You can reach him via olaissure@gmail.com