C’River: Women protest against Catholic Bishop of Ogoja
WOMEN in the Catholic Diocese of Ogoja on Thursday took to the streets of the town to protest and demand for the removal of bishop of the diocese, Most Rev Dr Donatus Edet Akpan following his plans to relocate the cathedral.
Teens of women led by Mrs Garforishor Daniel chanted songs as they marched round major streets in Ogoja calling for the removal of Bishop Akpan from the Diocese.
“Bishop Akpan go, you must go. We are tired of you, please go. Akpan go , go and leave our cathedral alone” The women chanted.
Mrs Daniel said the women are aggrieved over the planned relocation of the cathedral from Igoli to Ndok Junction at Abakpa., a distance of five kilometres which the women say is too far since a bulk of the worshippers are resident in Igoli.
“Most of those who worship in the cathedral are resident at Igoli and taking it to Abakpa means our having to pay transport to Abakpa and some of us go to the church three times a day beginning with morning prayers and so the decision is not favourable to us”.
The women claim there is hardship in the land and movement of the cathedral would inflict more pain on them as they would be forced to pay transport fare to and from the church daily.
Efforts to speak with Bishop Akpan did yield result but a reverend father in the diocese said the women are sponsored and and warned that those behind the action “should repent or by the time the foundation is laid some of them would see the wrath of God”