Priest Suspended For Banning Igbo Songs In Parish, Recalled


Rev. Father James Anelu, who was suspended for allegedly banning Igbo songs in his parish has been reportedly called back by the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins.

This was reportedly disclosed by the Director of Social Communications, Lagos Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement read, “The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has recalled Rev. Father James Anelu, the parish priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu Owa, from the indefinite administrative leave to which he was sent on February 7, 2022.”

It noted, “Fr. Anelu proceeded on the leave following allegations that he banned the singing of Igbo songs in the parish.”

It revealed, “Following a thorough investigation conducted in consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Laity Council and ad hoc committee set up by the Archbishop, it was discovered that the posting on the social media that brought about the administrative leave did not give a complete picture of the incident.”

The statement remarked, “Fr. James has therefore been asked to return to the parish in order to remedy the situation created by the social media posting and bring about reconciliation and unity in the parish.”

 It added, “In the spirit of the Lenten season, he urged all the parishioners to work together in collaboration with the parish priest for the greater glory of God and the good of the community.”


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