CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF OWERRI GIVES RELIEF ITEMS TO VICTIMS OF IZOMBE CRISIS
…prays for peace in Izombe Community
By Donald Vanguard
It was a sober moment in Izombe Community as victims of the crisis between soldiers and youths in the area, received relief items sent to them by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna.
The relief materials, amounting to over half a million Naira, were on Sunday November 28 given to the Community to help ameliorate the effects and loss occasioned by the crisis.
On Friday 8th of October 2021, Izombe Community experienced a disastrous crisis that claimed lives and properties! A devastating incident that made headlines on national and local tabloids in the country.
Apart from the precious lives lost in the crisis reported far and near, a lot of Izombe community members ran away from their homes as their houses were set ablaze by the rampaging soldiers, who embarked on a revenge mission over the death of their colleagues.
Representing the Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Gerald Njoku, Director, Owerri Archdiocesan JDPC, expressed Archbishop Obinna’s empathy and sympathy over the ugly incident and urged the people to weep no more.
“Your cries have been heard by the Archbishop and the entire people of Imo State. Yes, your cries have been heard, even around the corners of the world. Please, the Archbishop is consoling you people. He’s asking the entire community not to weep again. That’s why he brings you these relief materials,” said the JDPC Director, who spoke at the Holy Family Catholic Parish Izombe, during a Eucharistic celebration presided by their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Jonathan Ezenwoke.
Furthermore, reminding the people of Izombe Community that as Christians, expectations are always high for them to hand over their worries and challenges to God in prayers, Fr. Njoku enjoined the community to accept the unfortunate situation with Christian faith, assuring that the Archbishop’s consoling gesture extended to them in this critical time could be “the beginning of good things in the community.”
In addition, the Archbishop’s envoy used the opportunity to make known his plans to inaugurate JDPC in the Parish in Izombe Community. He stated that the inauguration of the JDPC in the parish which would comprise of personnel from the parish, will contribute to the wellbeing of the members.
Speaking on behalf of the Catholic community in Izombe, the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, Chief Donatus Emedoro, appreciated Archbishop Obinna for his pastoral care and kindness and described his humanitarian gesture as a “suitable response of a father to the cries of his children”.
The Parish Pastoral chairman also expressed their gratitude on the ongoing Archdiocesan Seminary construction work in the area. He went further to commend their parish priest for initiating in the parish a fundraising program for the victims of the Izombe crisis. He also regretted that some community members who ran away from their homes during the crisis, were yet to return, and called for sustained prayers on Izombe Community.
The relief materials given to the victims of the Izombe crisis by the Archbishop include bags of rice, cartons of tomato, set of Nigerian-made wax materials, coincided with a similar visit by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization. The Council’s delegation was led by its President, Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha.