An Anglican priest with the Diocese of Owerri, Imo State, Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, marked Nigeria’s 56th independence day on Saturday in front of a rubbish heap on Douglas Road in Owerri, the Imo state capital to protest the unhealthy lifestyle of the people of the state and the negligence of the government.
The priest was even captured on camera sharing wine with an unidentified man in photos which went viral on social media.
“I went to celebrate in front of the refuse dump because what is there is shameful,” Chinamerem, who is the Chaplain of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University, Imo, told a reporter.
The priest said there needs to be an attitudinal change by Nigerians.
“Let’s accept that the government refused to clear the refuse, how can a normal human being go to the market every day, trade within that dirty environment and think nothing about the refuse? Don’t we have market women association, community groups or vigilantes in the area?
“Obviously, they are waiting for the government to clear the refuse. In Igbo parlance, we say a rejected man does not reject himself. Why have we decided to reject ourselves? Why can’t we clear the refuse and tell the government that if it cannot be responsible, we are responsible citizens? So, this is not just about spiting the government, but telling our people to wake up and do the right thing when the government has failed,” he said.