Popular Catholic priest announces he is leaving the Catholic Church over alleged oppression
A Catholic priest of Nsukka Diocese, Reverend Father Paul Obayi, popularly known as Fr Okunerere has revealed that he wants to leave the Catholic church.
The priest who founded the Okunerere Adoration Ministry, Nsukka, Enugu State, accused his Bishop, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah of oppressing him.
Speaking in a video on his Facebook page, he said, “The church is my vineyard, I love the church, I love my Nsukka (Catholic) church, I love the bishop, I love the priests, I love them, but they are oppressing me.
I was looking for a land where I will conduct my adoration but couldn’t find. I rented a place behind Queens College Nsukka and started my adoration there. Bishop Onah chased me out of the place, saying I was causing noise and distracting the students of Queens.
The past governor of Enugu State, Gburugburu gave me this piece of land I’m staying in now. I told the Bishop that I have land and I took him there to see the land. When he came, he then said that the land is fine to be used to build the Marian Shrine. I told him it’s my adoration ministry I want to start here and not Marian Shrine. He said I shouldn’t talk about it again.
I give everything to the church, yet the church wants to strangle me. But it can’t happen!
I bought and installed the best transformer in the cathedral of Nsukka Diocese which they’re using till today.
The Bishop mandated me to build a museum where I would keep the deities I removed from villages. I spent N2.8 million to build the museum upstairs inside the cathedral and reported it to my bishop.
The only ‘thank you’ I got from my bishop was that he asked me ‘Where did I get the money to build it when he has banned the selling of olive oil’. Yet, I endured it.