Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has criticised Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for what it termed deliberate neglect of Rev. Fr. Oliver Okpala, an Igbo Catholic priest allegedly kidnapped last week by bandits in Sokoto State.
IPOB said CAN deliberately ignored Okpala’s ordeal because he is of Igbo extraction, wondering why there has been no condemnation from the Christian umbrella body.
In a statement, yesterday, the spokesman for IPOB, Emma Powerful, urged CAN to fight for the release of the young priest. The statement reads in part: “CAN deliberately ignored his ordeal, simply for the fact that he is an Igbo man. That is why Igbo Christians ought to, as a matter of urgency, form their own Christian association, as matters affecting their right to life in Nigeria are consistently being neglected.
“Why would a Catholic priest suffer deliberate neglect and discrimination due to his Igbo race, and the Catholic (Church), as a body, is mute? Has he been regarded as being of no political advantage to CAN, the political class and the media?”