Tallest Jesus statue in Africa unveiled in Imo

The Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, Augustine Ukwuoma, on Friday unveiled the African tallest statue of Jesus Christ weighing 8.5 metres (28 ft) at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, Abajah, Imo.

The statue, made of marble, is bigger than the 20 metres (66 foot) Ramesses ii Abusimbel statue in Egypt.

Mr. Ukwuoma performed the ceremony shortly after a mass attended by the Bishop Emeritus of Orlu Diocese, Gregory Ochiagha, and more than 100 priests at St. Aloysius Parish Abajah compound on Friday.

One Obinna Onuoha, who donated the Jesus statue, had constructed 2, 000 seating capacity parish church at St. Aloysius in the year 2012.

The unveiling of the statue was used to mark the wedding golden jubilee ceremony of the parents of Mr. Obinna, Geoffrey, and Lolo Justina Onuoha.

Mr. Ukwuoma, who described the statue as magnificent, commended the Mr. Onuoha family for the gift and their benevolence to the church.

“This statue is a great symbol of Christian faith, and I pray that for the Catholics that the statue will continue to constantly remind us of what Jesus Christ stands for us.

“For other passersby, looking at the statue will also bring them closer to Jesus,’’ the Bishop said.

Speaking on the golden jubilee, the cleric used the medium to remind marital couples on the need to see marriage as a vocation through which they could positively impact on the society.

“God did not call any of us clergy and religious to be fathers and mothers, but those called into this vocation must use it to reflect God’s peace, love and unity.

Mr. Onuoha, the Managing Director of Premier Petroleum Ltd., and the donor of the statue, said he constructed the statue to fulfill a vow he made to God in the year 1997.

“Asking why I constructed this statue is like asking how do I came to this world, I am a Christian and a Catholic and Jesus statue represents my faith.

“I believe we are here on earth for different purposes and each person moves with his/her instincts, and I was motivated to do this to build up the faith of this community,’’ he said.

Mr. Onuoha, who did not mention the cost of the statue, added, “It took about three years to construct and erect the Jesus De Saviour statue at Abajah.’’

(NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    The tallest idol !
    Hanging cross and worshiping Mary’s/ Jesus status by Christians !
    1. Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. -Leviticus 26:1
    2. Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. -Leviticus 19:4
    3. And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) -Deuteronomy 29:17
    4. For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. -2 Kings 17:12
    5. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. -Psalms 97:7
    6. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. -Psalms 106:36
    7. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. -Psalms 115:4
    8. The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. -Psalms 135:15
    9. Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: -Isaiah 2:8
    10. For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. -Isaiah 31:7
    Hanging cross and worshiping Mary’s/ Jesus status by Christians !
    1. Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. -Leviticus 26:1
    2. Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. -Leviticus 19:4
    3. And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) -Deuteronomy 29:17
    4. For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. -2 Kings 17:12
    5. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. -Psalms 97:7
    6. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. -Psalms 106:36
    7. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. -Psalms 115:4
    8. The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. -Psalms 135:15
    9. Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: -Isaiah 2:8
    10. For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. -Isaiah 31:7
    11. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. -1 John 5:21
    12. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: -Colossians 1:15
    13. Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. -Isaiah 45:20
    14. Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? -Isaiah 44:10
    15. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. -Isaiah 44:9
    earth: -Exodus 20:4

    • amazing2012

      They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. -Isaiah 42:17 ( THEY KISS CROSS FOR LUCK).
      18. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. -Isaiah 42:8
      19. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion. -Isaiah 41:29
      20. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth. -Deuteronomy 16:22
      21. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: -Deuteronomy 5:8
      22.When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: -Deuteronomy 4:25
      23. Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. -Deuteronomy 4:23
      24. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, -Deuteronomy 4:16
      25. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: -Exodus 20:4
      26. Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. -Deuteronomy 27:15

      • I did It 4 Love.

        Thank goodness that Christianity are the most tolerant religion in the world without it I wonder what would have befallen Roman Catholics in your hand as a rebel.
        Well we don’t worship any idle and the references you made were for pagans and those who lost their faith.

        Leave Catholics alone and leave judgement to God after all we are all Christians and should not condemn your fellow brothers the way you are doing it openly.
        We live today in second testament and not first(old) testament.
        God bless you.

        • Sir Demo

          The most tolerant as in cold blooded massacre of Jews and Muslims during the crusade? Selling millions of blacks to slavery by shave raiders carrying bibles? As in burning at the stake of heretics and GREAT SCIENTISTS?

  • seyi

    this is modernisation of idol worshipping. I only pity some christians. Jesus knows nothing about this rubbish u are doing and he will renounce u on d-day.

  • Fuzio

    While the West are moving away from the practice of depicting Jesus as a white Caucasian, Africans are moving in the opposite direction. Some Africans even get annoyed at the suggestion that Jesus did not have a white Caucasian outlook. The harm done by systematic brainwashing is near to impossible to reverse. Google ‘The Real Face Of Jesus’ to see what Jesus might have looked like based on the geographical location of his birth place.

    • Dazmillion

      The man erected the statue of a gay Swedish man and said its Jesus. I pity his foolishness

  • So oju abe niko

    8.5 metres is taller than 20 metres! Only in Africa! Also it is interesting to note that a statue “weighs” 8.5 metres. A metre is obviously now a measure of mass/weight.
    “the African tallest statue of Jesus Christ weighing 8.5 metres (28 ft) at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, Abajah, Imo. The statue, made of marble, is bigger than the 20 metres (66 foot) Ramesses ii Abusimbel statue in Egypt.”

    • Watch man

      I tire oooo!!!

  • Watch man

    There is no way genuine Bible believing children of God will be happy with this idol set up at the heart of Imo State.

  • marc umeh

    Pity the African. He is do confused !!!

  • Dazmillion

    The man erected the statue of a gay Swedish man and said its Jesus. I pity his foolishness

  • British Nigerian

    Why is this Jesus depiction CAUCASIAN???