By Francis Ekpone
The Anglican Bishop of Amichi diocese, Most Revd Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor has slammed social media handlers that claimed that he is dead.
Bishop Ikeakor’s video where he was presenting the 2017 presidential address, recently emerged online with accompanying message.
The misleading information therein was attributed to the reason for the killing of the Enugu catholic priest, Rev Fr. Paul Offu by the Fulani herdsmen.
The information, Orient Daily learnt, led to numerous calls by the prelate’s friends and family to ascertain his state of health.
The Amichi diocesan communicator, Ven Chukwuebuka Chukwuemeka in a statement he personally signed, debunked the accompanying message to the trending video, saying its ill motivated and the handi work of mischief makers who, he said, seek to cause panic in the society.
“The action in itself is born out of ill will. It is total disservice to the society and should be condemned by all Nigerians.
“The video is that of Bishop Ikeakor but has nothing whatsoever to do with the slain Rev Fr Paul Offu. The said video is an extract from the presidential address delivered by Bishop Ikeakor at the diocesan synod held at St James church, Azigbo in June 2017.
“Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor is alive, very healthy and safe, He has never at any time been attacked or killed by anybody” he explained.
He also called on government and all relevant agencies to quickly put in place, measures that will guarantee maximum protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.
“We call on the general public to go about their normal businesses without fear or panic. We also call on Nigerians to take all necessary measures to protect themselves against the marauding killers that have invaded our land while conducting their affairs quietly” he said.
Recall that Bishop Ikeakor in the said video called for secession of Biafra from Nigeria over the state of insecurity in the nation and the failure of the federal government to secure lives and properties of citizens in Nigeria.
He raised the alarm on the sponsors of the killers of Christians all over the country and the inability of the federal government to arrest or prosecute any of the perpetrators.