Rev. Fr. James Anelu, the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, who was “suspended” for prohibiting Igbo songs and choruses in his church has been recalled by the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Martin Adewale,
Fr. Anelu was ordered to take “an indefinite leave of absence” in a statement issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, cited by AGNUS-DEI MEDIA
The priest was said to have outlawed Igbo music and choruses in his parish, claiming that Ndigbo excesses must be reined down.
Most Rev. Martin Adewale, on the other hand, slammed the priest’s remark as “totally inappropriate,” adding that Rev. Fr Anelu’s “unsavoury” remarks “doesn’t represent the Catholic Church’s view on common brotherhood of people of different tribes and religion.
He (Fr. Anelu) was asked to proceed on an indefinite leave of absence to give an opportunity for a thorough investigation of all matters relating to his ministry in the parish, however in a communique issued by the Archdiocese,he has been asked to return to post after a full scale investigation redeemed him.
The Communique revealed that the video that made rounds on social media purporting that Fr. Anelu had made unsavoury remarks about Igbo music was exaggerated and largely untrue.
Part of the statement reads :”Following a thorough investigation, conducted in consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Laity Council and Ad hoc Commitee set up by the rchbishop, it was discovered that the posting on the social media that brought about the administrative leave dld not give a complete picture of the incident. 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 recondliation and unity in the parish.”
Source: AGNUS-DEI MEDIA