Catholic church lift suspension of Lagos priest who banned Igbo songs

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Adewale Alfred, Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Archdiocese, has recalled the parish priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu Owa, James Anelu, placed on indefinite suspension.

Recall that Anelu was suspended after he banned the singing of Igbo songs in his parish in February.

The Catholic church, in a circular signed by the Director of Communications of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Godonu, recalled Anele and instructed that he reconciles with the parishioners and amend his errors.

The circular read, “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.

“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.

“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.

“He also called upon all God’s children to remember Fr. ANELU and his parishioners in
their prayers.”

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