By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
An Onitsha-based cleric, Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere popularly often known as Odumeje, has apologised to individuals of Awka, Anambra state capital over alleged risk to destroy their pageant, often known as Imo-Awka.
The controversial cleric additionally tendered unreserved apology to the individuals of Arondizuogu in Imo state for allegedly vowing to place a cease to the Ikeji pageant of the group.
In a press release on Monday, Odumeje described the individuals of each communities as peace- loving, who he claimed to have recognized and shared fellowship in his church through the years.
He nonetheless mentioned the expertise had thought him that ungaurded utterances with divisive tendencies wanted to be checked.
The assertion partly reads: “My consideration has been drawn to the publications on social media over the alleged face-off between me and the great individuals of Awka and Arondizuogu Clcommunities in Anambra and Imo state respectively.
“Within the mentioned posts, I used to be potrayed as declaring battle on the individuals of those communities and their respective conventional festivals and beliefs, It was additionally alleged that I had vowed to destroy Imo-Awka pageant and put a cease to the Ikeji pageant of Arondizuogu.
“Consequently, upon the above, I want to acknowledge that the individuals of Awka and Arondizuogu Communities are peace loving and I’ve through the years come to share fellowship and repair in church with a large number of them.
“These two communities and their renouned indegenes have been recognized and recognised as main contributors to the event of their states, Igboland and the nation at massive.
“Awka and Arondizuogu communities have produced nice women and men of integrity and pedigree and have all the time remained on the high of nice little children of Igbo land.
“Towards this backdrop and with each humility as a Servant of the Residing God, I sincerely apologise to the good individuals of those two communities, to your complete individuals of Igbo land and to my elders for my utterances.I cannot make any makes an attempt to justify my assertion as even I can see that it’s hurtful in all its ramifications.
“I additionally wish to specifically apologize to the household of Mazi Pericomo of Arondizuogu who I perceive till his passing was a diligent servant( Evangelist) of God.
“I apologise and put it on document that this expertise has thought me that phrases that talk any type of divisive dialog amongst our individuals MUST be checked. It is a time for unity, love and unwavering help for one another.
“Equally, I lend my voice to the directives of the federal and state authorities in observing all of the COVID-19 protocols, whereas ready on the Lord for the tip of the pandemic.”