Bishop Ezeokafor Warns Catholic Youths Against Masquerades During Imoka

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By KayCee May 23, 2014 23:46

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, his Lordship Paulinus Ezeokafor has warned Catholic faithful to beware of masquerades, who usually parade Awka town during the annual Imoka festival.

Ezeokafor said though the Catholic Church is not against culture, it is only averse to one that is injurious to the faith.

The Bishop, who was reacting to the Imoka festival, which kicked off last Wednesday, and is expected to climax on Monday next week, asked members of his church and others who are not part of the celebration to avoid being involved in any altercation with the celebrants.

The Imoka festival is an annual festival, during which Awka indigenes pay homage to their god, after which a visit by masquerading youths will be paid to a neighbouring community, Umuokpu.

A return visit is made after four days to signify the end of the festival.

During the celebration of the festival, youths are known to move around the town with canes, flogging everyone in sight.

Previous celebrations are known to have claimed casualties.

Ezeokafor said, “The Church is not against culture; culture should be dynamic; it should be growing and should be modernized. Some of the people involved in the Imoka Festival do not even know what it’s all about and this is why I suggest that seminars should be organized to educate those involved”.

He equally advised the Imoka celebrants to imbibe proper behavior and respect other citizens who had a right to free movement and also advised them to restrict their activities to the village squares and desist from blocking the roads and harassing other road users during the festival.

He said this would minimize the wrong impression held in some quarters about the festival.

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KayCee
By KayCee May 23, 2014 23:46