Says it’s symbol of strange god
One of the controversies generated by the former Governor of IMO State Owelle Rochas Okorocha was the erection of statues in the state. One of such statues was the Akachi monument which has since been partially pulled down immediately he left office.
Following the partial demolition of the Akachi monument erected by the immediate past administration of Rochas Okorocha and the attendant controversy with claims and counter claims as to who ordered the demolition of the structure, a Catholic priest, Nathaniel N. Nduokwere, has come out to state that the tower is a structure that bears no significance to the Igbo people, their culture or religion.
According to him, ‘The Akachi Tower’ is an Islamic symbol or Minaret used to announce the presence of Islam in ancient Tigris Valley.
In a release made available to Sunday Telegraph, the cleric gave the Islamic name of the tower as ‘Malwiya’ or ‘twisted tower,’ which is part of the ‘great Mosque’ of Samara, a city in the South East of present Iraq, the city headquarters of some Islamist Jihadists.
He furthered that the Malwiya was used according to Islamic tradition for the ‘call to prayer,’ hence it is designed as ‘strong visual statement of the presence of Islam in the Tigris Valley.’
He disclosed that ‘Tigris and Euphrates’ which is Tigris, a river in South Western Asia, the most easterly of the rivers of Mesopotamia and likened the Akachi Tower to the Panthern or Pantheum, the Roman Temple of ‘all ancient Roman gods,’ the best preserved building from ancient Rome, built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
In his analysis, the cleric inferred that, whatever be the case, Pantheon – the temple of the gods (Pan-all assembly, Theos-god) can be said to have the same significance as the ‘Samara Mosque’ (ancient Iraq) and Rochas Okorocha’s ‘Akachi monument,’ in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
He maintained that there is no doubt that Akachi is an Islamic Mosque, but questioned why it would be sited in Imo, the heartland of the Igbo nation and centre of Christianity in African and the black race.
“Okorocha’s decision to construct such monument bearing similar semblance with the Islamic minaret thus questions his claims to Christianity.
“There is no denial that Akachi is associated with an agenda in otherwise heralding the dawn of Islam in the region.
“As a practicing Christian, Okorocha claims he is, before erecting such a monument, he should have consulted some other Christian leaders.”
The cleric insisted that Akachi is an Islamic symbol for victory and oppression.