In a bid to ensure the upliftment of Rights of an estimated three million Igbo sons and daughters, who were said to have continued to suffer discrimination due to the age long ‘OSU caste system’ in Igbo Land , Ten Bishops of various Church denominations are expected to move towards abrogating the practice this month.
Our Correspondent reports that these top Ten clergies and some traditional rulers in the Mbieri community in Imo state, in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), have called for the abrogation of age-long Osu, Ume, Ohu, and Diala Caste practices in Igbo land.
Some of the Front runner Bishops listed as partners in the abrogation campaign are : Archbishop A.V Obinna, the Metropolitan Catholic Bishop of Owerri, Bishop Chukwuma Opara, Anglican Bishop of owerri, Bishop Collins Chidi Oparajiaku , Anglican Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema,Bishop Innocent Erimujor, Healing the Nation Ministry International, Bishop Ngozi Durueke , He Reigns Cathedral , Bishop Blaise C . Iwuogo , New Life Evangelical Church, Bishop Stanford Nworgu, Praise Center Cathedral and Reverend Dr. Victor Isiodu , Balm Of Gilead Ministries .
The National Human Rights Commission , along with other Non Governmental Organisation, including Pillars of Hope Africa Initiative (POHAI), Kemdi Chino Opara Foundation, Marvico, and Global Family Foundation (GFF), has, through the abrogation campaigns across some communities in the South East, counseled on the need to put an end to the caste practice.
Frowning at the continued existence of such practices in Igboland, Chairman of the abrogation ceremony, Chief Onyewuchi Asinobi, in a statement, said the Caste is an ancient traditional religious practice, anchored on evil altars and shrines, controlled by principalities and powers, and by the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.
He said that in light of the dedications, covenants, sacrifices, idolatrous practices, and the peculiar circumstances surrounding the obnoxious practices, the top clergies will, on August 28,2021, be conducting community and family liberation prayers as well as services at Afor Nnudo Market Square, Umuagwu, Mbieri, to end the practices.
Asinobi further stated that the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and the traditional rulers of the seven autonomous communities of Mbieri, including Umueze, Amaike, Awo, Osuji, Obazu, Ezi, and Ihite are to play prominent roles in the abrogation ceremony.