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August 18, 2018

St Paul’s Umalum Nekede Holds Lenten Prayer Match

Cross section of parishioners at the rally
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…Remembers Fr. Dennis, others

As the question of “Who killed Fr. Dennis Osuagwu” remains a puzzle yet to be unraveled after over two and half years, the Catholic Community of Umaulum Nekede, Owerri North LGA said they would not get tired in raising their voice up to God in prayers.

This they carried out by organizing a prayer rally which took off from their St. Paul’s Church center through the community, Sunday evening February 18. With mobile band and public address system well positioned, the worshipping faithful who were fully clad on black matched along the Nekede main road, popularly known as Old Road. They made their way inside the villages through the No. 4 Bus Stop junction, providing tunes of worship songs suitable for the event.

Earlier just before the procession that made its way back to the Parish centre, the parish priest Rev. Fr. Wence Isidienu Cmf who presided at the Mass of Reparation which kick started the One-Day program, solemnly prepared the mood of the event. Flanked at the Mass by his Assistant, Rev. Fr. George Njoku, he assured parishioners that their collective supplications to God would not go unanswered.

With the theme: Out of the depths we call to you O Lord. Lord hear our cry, the Claretian priest urged them to remain focused while the rally last, reminding them that remaining in the mood of prayer would be a prelude to success.

Explaining the import of the event to this reporter, Fr. Wence said his parish was on a spiritual warfare against evil forces which has befallen on the community. “The killings and murder cases in this land is becoming unbearable. As a church community we’ve decided to raise the alarm. Physically we’re powerless, but spiritually we believe that we can do something by channeling all our matter into God’s hands. This is what this program stands for,” he stated.

Expressing deep sentiments of sadness that perpetrators of these heinous crimes go scot free without being reprimanded by security operatives, the priest said the people has been in a state of limbo years after the murder incident of Rev. Fr. Dennis Osuagwu. “Almost three years the lifeless body of Father Dennis was found along a bush path here in Nekede nothing has been heard. The community instead has continued to record similar cases with no tangible traces of the culprits. These are innocent people created also by God. We cannot allow agents of darkness and murderous elements to take over our land. This is why we’re making this prayer point,” the distraught priest noted, stressing that the situation has gone to a level where the people need God’s vengeance.

It should be recalled that Rev. Fr. Dr. Dennis Osuagwu whose the news of gruesome murder on August 15, 2015 shocked the entire Nekede community was a Missionary priest of the Claretian Congregation.

Until his death he was lecturing at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy Nekede and also a Part-time lecturer at the Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo.



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