In a turn of events surrounding the arrest of Mathias Ezeaku, a prominent traditional religion activist and founder of ‘Omenala bu Uzo Eziokwu,’ he has spoken out from police custody, refuting allegations leveled against him and advocating for the preservation of Igbo cultural heritage.
Ezeaku, currently detained over alleged criticism of Evangelist Ebuka Obi, the overseer, and founder of Zion Ministry, addressed his supporters in a statement from custody. He is accused of asserting that Evangelist Ebuka Obi’s miracles are fake, among other allegations.
The embattled traditionalist, arrested during a Sunday worship at his seminary, was taken into custody as members reportedly made little effort to intervene. In a viral video circulating on social media, Ezeaku was seen being escorted away.
Ezeaku, known for establishing a traditional religious seminary, where he claims to train priests in accordance with their ordinances, vehemently opposes the influence of Christianity in Igbo land. He insists on the importance of embracing ‘Omenala bu Uzo Eziokwu’ and returning to the roots of Igbo culture.
In his statement from custody, Ezeaku condemned the situation, emphasizing his commitment to the preservation of traditional beliefs. He stated, “Ndigbo should not be misled by Christian religion worshippers; instead, they should embrace their roots through ‘Omenala bu Uzo Eziokwu.'”
The detained activist’s words shed light on the tension between traditionalists and those embracing Christianity in the Igbo community. The situation raises questions about religious tolerance and cultural diversity in the region.