Religious leaders unite against Osu caste system

Religious leaders unite against Osu caste system

- Traditional rulers, Bishops, others have spoken against Osu Caste system in southeast

- The leaders called on the government and youths of southeast to fight the archaic system

- They said for a Christian to assign another Christian to an idol as Osu, is a hypocrisy of the first order

Bishops, high court judges, traditional rulers, lawyers, various Christian bodies and civil society organisations met at a conference held, on Wednesday, July 25, in Awka, Anambra state to speak against the Osu caste system in the southeast region.

The groups met to condemn, in strong words, the continued practice of caste in Igboland.

The Sun reports that the director of the Institute of Theology, Paul University, Rt. Rev. Prof. Anthony Nkwoka, who spoke at the event titled "Conference of Coalition Force on Osu Caste" said that God would judge the Igbo for retaining the Osu caste system.

Bishop Nkwoka, who gave the keynote address at the conference, noted that the Osu caste was abolished some 62 years ago, precisely on May 10, 1956, by the then Eastern Region of Nigeria Government and revalidated in the Eastern Nigerian Law No. 26 of 1960. He wondered why none of the five states in Igboland has revalidated the law.

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He said: “Perhaps syncretism and post-modernism have suffocated our Christianity. All Christians were baptised into Christ and so there is no such thing as Jew and Greek, slave and freeman, male and female, for you are all one person in Christ Jesus…In our human relations, nobody has the right or audacity to assign his/her sibling to another parentage; it will be deemed an abomination.

“The Bible makes it clear that God will judge and punish those who violate His laws and regulations. For a Christian to assign another Christian to an idol as Osu, is a hypocrisy of the first order.

“Is it not absurd, barbaric, retrogressive, hypocritical, shameful, unbelievable and unacceptable that after 160 years of Christianity in Igboland and after over 60 years our parents and grandparents abolished Osu caste, it still continues amongst us?

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“As St. Paul challenged the Corinthian Christians in 1Corinthians 11:13, ‘Judge for yourselves; is it right’ for Osu caste to continue in Igboland in this 21st Century?”

NAIJ.com earlier reported that there was great joy and jubilation on Saturday, July 14, among indigenes of Irete autonomous community, Owerri west local government area of Imo state when the amiable king of Irete, His Royal Highness, Eze E.C. Ekwelibe (Agubiam 1, of Irete community) declared that the Ohu, Ume, Diala and ‘Osu’ caste systems has been abolished and belongs to the past.

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