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In the 20th century, precisely 1925 Christianity swung the idoma land after the missionaries acknowledged the fact that idoma as a people have its own language. And to communicate well with the people, they taught and prayed with the people using the idoma language believing that the language was ordained by God and God could be worshiped and praised through this medium.

After the event of Nigerian independence, many idoma Catholics migrated to various urban centers particularly; kaduna and Lagos. And through the railways, others went to Zaria and Kano searches for white collar jobs especially as a result proliferation of textiles industries in some of these cites. However, some of these cities. However some joined the army during Nigerian civil war. These idoma migrant Catholics were confronted with the challenges of how to praise God, worship God and listening to the word of God using the idoma language in their own area of abodes.

As traditional Jews which believe there is no place like Jerusalem and in the realization that the idoma language is the only sure way to achieve Gods purpose for themselves on this earth they harmoniously work towards achieving this great goal through assembling themselves after Sunday masses to read the gospel, interpret it, sing hymns and pray together in the idoma dialects.

To further strategize this togetherness, they seek for permissions in their various parishes for the formation of idoma catholic community especially in kaduna, Lagos, and other cities to interpret Sunday sermons using the first reading, second and the gospel including other prayers in idoma language. These permissions were granted based with the conviction that the majority of the idoma in some of these places were illiterates.

It was noted that Rev. Fr. Dr. Innocent Ejeh, provided the clue and pattern of carrying out these prayers, readings and explanation of the bible using idoma language and with these commitments, the gathering developed to the formation of idoma catholic union in the late 50s. Through this some members were encouraged into obtaining various sacraments especially matrimony. Even when the name was changed later to idoma christian association in kaduna city later members discovered the word association not only unsatisfactory but also not suitable to their unit of purpose and ideology it was later named SS Peter and Paul Idoma catholic community, a name after apostles Peter and Paul because of their roles in the works of evangelism.

Today the community has the following branches across Nigeria states:

Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja, Makurdi, Zaria, Jos, Kano, Keffi, Bauchi, Minna, Anambra, Enugu, Home, Illorin, Lokoja, Gboko, Katsina, Taraba, Yola, Port-harcourt, Ibadan, Kafanchan, katsina Ala, Aliade, Akwanga, Lafia, Gusau, Jaji, Ekiti, Suleja, Akure, Zakibiam and Ankpa branch.

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