The Catholic community in Igbo – Ukwu village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State – has been thrown into mourning again after losing another parish priest to the cold hands of death. The deceased identified as Reverend Father Christopher Azolibe, was the Catholic parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, the foremost Catholic community in Igbo-ukwu town.



Until his death Fr Azolibe also served as the Dean of the Igbo-ukwu Catholic Deanary and also Chairman of ICCPC.

Mixed feelings have continued to rise over the death of the priest as it was revealed that this is the third catholic priest to die this year 2108 after the Christian community in the town carried out a crusade that led to burning of shrines on December 29th, 2017. Their deaths were happened within a space of six months.

According to reports, the traditionalists in Igboukwu threatened a showdown with the Catholic Church earlier this year over the destruction of about 15 shrines and ancient artifacts in the community.

They specifically fingered Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma (Ebube Muonso), the spiritual director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke for orchestrating the destruction during his December 29, 2017 crusade at Central Primary School Field, Igboukwu.

The traditionalists had received information that the priest was coming for community “cleansing” and had written to the Parish Priest of the host church, urging the parishioners to steer clear of their religious sites.

  1. Barnabas 12 months ago

    It is heartbreaking how people glory in lies and deceit. That a priest who had been sick for years died some morons have said three priest died as a result of burning of shrine. Why not name the three priest that died. What ever one sows that is what one will certainly reap. Do not be deceived no priest died bc of burning of any shrine. And for your information the last priest that died in Awka diocese was on 28th January 2016. So no priest have died since then till now. May the soul of Fr. Chris Azolibe rest in peace. Amen

  2. Emeka 12 months ago

    I’m from Igboukw. I wonder who fed these press with this lies. No Catholic priest has died in Igboukwu this year, except this very Rev Fr Azolibe. The other men of God that died this year were Reverend Kenneth Uwaechina, who is our indeginous Anglican Reverend. The other one is the longest serving Anglican Reverend at St Banabas Anglican Church, Igboukwu, in the person of Venerable Nelson Kwulunebe who hails from Ekwulobia. I know all the Catholic priest of Igboukwu, both serving and indeginous. All of them have been heart and healthy. The press should report what it knows and not rumors. The shrine should go and kill Rev fr Ebube Muonso who burnt them at Central School on the 29th of December. Or to go after the youths that single handedly demolished them.

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