God loves us with an everlasting love and wants us to remain in his love. The devil hates us with an indescribable hatred and wants us to remain in sin. The worst expression of his hatred for every lgbo Christians is his Osu, Diala and Ume. These would not have survived long if he had not supported them with lies and deceits. The devil fights his wars with lies and deceits.
In Paradise he lied and deceived our first parents. Gen. 3:2-5.
He lied to the lgbo early Christians and deceived them to combine Christian worship with Cult of Osu, Diala and Ume.
Few Christians have admitted that it is sinful to combine Christian worship with cult of idolatrous Osu, Diala and Ume. They have put on Christ.
In Christ there is no room for distinction, there is only Christ; he is everything and he is in everything. Col. 3:11.
Other Christians, still combine the two without quaint of conscience.
You can identify those who combine the Christian worship of all holy God with cult of idolatrous Osu, Diala and Ume. They oppose any move to abolish Osu, Diala and Ume.
In marriage they obey the devil’s order/command, namely; osu should marry osu, diala should marry diala and ume should marry ume. Inter marriage among the three groups is forbidden.
In community, an osu should not be made an Eze nor a member of Eze’s cabinet, no matter how good his character.
Looking at the devil’s commandments above, we understand why nobody can combine the worship of the just and holy God with the cult of idolatrous osu, diala and ume who revel in injustice and wickedness.
We have established the behavioral patterns of those who combine Christian worship with cult of osu, diala and ume. There is no justification for the combination. The two have nothing in common.
You have to choose one and leave the other. Before you choose, remember what Yahweh your God said. “You shall have no other gods to rival me, you shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.” Ex. 20:43-4.
It is therefore a serious sin against the first commandment of God to listen to or obey the devil’s order. It is also sinful and dangerous to maintain relationship with osu, diala and ume. They belong to the devil who uses them in his vain attempt to usurp God’s glory. We cannot afford to make friends with idolatrous agents of the devil. The dangers are more imminent at this time when we are surrounded by enemies from within and from without.
Let us hear the advice of the Bible about serving two masters. “No one can be the slave of two masters; he will either hate the first and love the second or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (of osu, diala or ume) Matt. 6:24.
The appeal we make is to all Christians in Igbo land. Let us denounce the devil and wipe all traces of osu, diala and ume — idolatrous agents of the devil, from all parts of lgbo nation. The appeal is to all Christians in lgboland.
Osu, Diala and Ume are idolatrous agents of the devil.
They serve the devil’s purpose which is harmful to the society. Let us wipe every trace of them from lgbo society.
We are not created by Osu, Diala or Ume. Let us be servants/slaves only to the God who created us and loves us with an everlasting love.
This appeal is incomplete without thanking God for the grace he has recently given to his servant Eze Ethelbert Ekwelibe and his Autonomous Community Irete, Owerri West Local Government. Eze and his Community by special grace have abolished osu caste system from their community as both unjust and unchristian.
This is a step in the right direction, this is Christianity in action, and this is a noble witness to Christ. May God bless and protect Eze Ethelbert Ekwelibe and Irete Autonomous Community. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, for they shall have their fill” Mail. 5:6.
We hope other Ezes’ and communities will witness to Christ in this noble way.
In summary osu, diala and ume are idols. Like any idol or carved image, they are lifeless objects. But for over one hundred and twenty years, the devil has been deceiving us into believing that osu, diala and ume are powerful gods. We believe him and worship them as gods and thereby become idol worshippers or idolaters.
Now from The Bible, we know with certainty that it is a grave sin against the first commandment of God. We are sincerely sorry for our sins and in a special way sorry for being idolaters. We are appealing to all lgbo Christians to wipe all traces of osu, diala and ume idolatrous agents through which we committed idolatry. Delay is dangerous!
Very Monsignor Marcellinus U. Ibe
is resident at St. Mark’s Catholic Parish, New Owerri