An Igbo religious body, ÌgbakÍ Odinani Worldwide, has called out to the Federal Government for the return of two sacred artifacts that was recently sold in France by Christie Auction House for the sum of $240,000.
The wooden artifacts was alleged to be looted from the Indigenous Igbo altars by treasure hunters under the disguise of Christian evangelism many years ago.
The leader of the organisation, Nze Chibueze Onyido, said that his organization is ready to work with the Federal Government in ensuring that all sacred artifacts stolen from the shrines by criminals who masquerade themselves as Christian pastors and priests, are returned to their original communities as it is a part of their history and spirituality.
In the same vein, the Secretary General of the organization, Dike ägbaja, says that the
“organisation has started taking court action against churches and individuals who desecrated and looted Ìdinani Igbo altars as this constitutes a breach of freedom of worship and destruction of national treasure.”
He noted that his organization has resorted to take legal actions in calming the protesting ÌdËnanË and Óménàlà youths who have vowed to also burn down churches in retaliation.