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Cleric Cautions Christian Faithful Against Evil Cultures

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The Bishop of the Etche Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt Reverend Okechukwu Precious Nwala, has called on Christian faithful to stand up against evil cultures in the society. The cleric gave the charge on Wednesday, at a launch/dedication of a book titled: “The Story of” Itu Anya Culture” in Mba Asaa, ”written by Archdeacon Jonathan Chimezie, at the Cathedral Church of St Matthias, Okomoko/Egwi/Umuanyagu, in Anglican Diocese of Etche.
Pointing out the inherent nefarious attributes of the culture as highlighted by the book, Okechukwu warned against christians secretly identifying with cultures like the “Itu Anya Culture”, stating that any christian found secretly doing that is not worthy of being called a christian. He noted that “any culture that can not move with time and can not openly compete favourably with other cultures is not a good culture and should be discarded.”
He gave instances of the devilish practices inherent in the culture under review where a new initiate at Isu Etche died in the process of toture during the initiation and was buried in the bush in the presence of his father, and another case in Egbu Etche where a pastor would have been attacked for holding a crusade during the period of the Itu Anya initiation. The bishop praised the author and encouraged him to continue to fight a good fight of faith as God will always protect and bless him.
The author of the book, Archdeacon Jonathan Chimezie, in his vote of thanks thanked God for his protection in all the years he had been persecuted for speaking against the satanic culture. In a chat with our correspondent, Chimezie narrated his ordeal in the hands of perpetrators of the heinous culture called Itu Anya, a reason for which the documentary became imperative.
The author explained that he was propelled to put down this piece of information basically because of the activities of the initiates of the Itu Anya culture around him. Although his late father’s instruction for all his children not to be initiated into the cult had already distinguished them from the crowd,the attendant persecutions in which the old initiates succeeded in lurring his daughter to initiate her son, a native of Orodo in Imo State as well as the pinning of a shrine dedicated to Ogba deity in his father’s compound against his wish, the numerous dangers especially blood-letting in the community and his obligation as a child of God, made the book a reality.He said that gathering of the information, arranging them in the form of writing, the energy, time and finance as well as dealing with doubts of success were challenges he had to contend with.
However, he considers the book, a milestone in the fight against dangerous and obnoxious cultures, which have come to create awareness of the satanic activities going on in the guise of culture on a wider spectrum.
Meanwhile a personality in attendance, who happened to have encountered the attack of the Itu anya culture initiates, Mr Francis Rollingstone, while commending the effort and courage of the author, expressed happiness for such a wonderful write up. Narrating the ordeal his family in Omademe, a community in Ikwerre LGA had to go through for their refusal to participate in the culture, Mr Francis stated that his late father, Mr Apollos Francis, had a historic battle of his life in 1972 for not yeilding to the pressure of the community but stood his ground. He pointed out that the family had recurring attacks in 1992 and 2001 respectively. He gave glory to God for the publication of the book and prayed that God will use it as an avenue to liberate the communities involved from the bondage of the devil.
Also, the chairman of the occasion, Egnr. Ugochukwu Chukwuezi in his opening remarks praised the author for his courage in the face of intimidation and persecution and enjoined the audience to take a que from the author. He also admonished christians to be examplary and stand firm in their faith so as to make better impact in their communities.The book was reviewed by Venerable Dr Okey G Orji, while Engineer Ogbonnaya Njoku was the chief launcher. Other dignitries in attendance include Prof Samuel Amaele; a lecturer with the Ignatius Ajuru University, Mr Rollingstone Francis and Pastor Godfrey Iwuala.
Recall that Itu anya culture, popularly known as Ogba, is practised by three communities in Ikwerre; Omademe, Ozuaha and Ipo, six communities in Etche; Elele, Isu, Ogida, Owu, Egbu, and Ihie and Etioha in Ohaji, IMO State.

By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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IYC Demands Apology Over Arrest Of Soboma Jackrich

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The Elders Council of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has demanded for an apology from the security agencies over the recent invasion of the residence of Ambassador Soboma Jackrich where two of his aides were killed.
The council said this in a press release made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Signed by Elder Afonya Horsefall, Chairman Ijaw Youth Elders Council, KalabariSekpangi, said the military, by the invasion has trampled on the inalienable rights of its leader.
According to the organisation, “the wanton destruction of his property and the killing of aides is repugnant to natural justice and must be restituted.
It stressed the need for the security agencies to be professional in their approach to security, adding that every action of the security agencies must be within the ambit of the law.
The group described Ambassador Soboma Jackrich as a prominent Ijaw leader who has contributed immensely towards the development of the Niger Delta and the relative peace in the region.
The IYC also called on President Bola Tinubu and Governor Siminalayi Fubara to come to the aide of the Niger Delta people by ensuring security and development in the region.

By: John Bibor

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Fubara Has Demystified Governance-Elder Statesman

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As Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration is set to mark itsone year anniversary, an elder statesman, Sir Fubara Hart, says governance in Rivers State under the governor has been demystified.
Hart, two-time House of Representatives aspirant, therefore, called on Rivers people to rally round the Governor in show of support to achieve the desired objective.
Hart, in an interview in Port Harcourt, said under Governor Fubara, infrastructural development and human capital development are given .maximum attention they deserve for the wellbeing of the citizenry.
He said available evidences abound in the State, judging from the thanksgiving rallies organised by the Simplified Movement, saying it is a strong indication that Rivers people are pleased with the wave of development in the State.
He noted that the spread of projects across the nooks and crannies of the State, unlike in the past, has endeared the Governor to the people who are celebrating him.
Hart said under Governor Fubara, Rivers, people can feel a sense of belonging, as governance is being given a human face through the distribution of social amenities across the board.
He maintained that it would be appropriate to support Governor Fubara, rather than distracting him, saying Governor Fubara has shown his determination to change the fortunes of the people, especially the unreached, among the populace .
“In the past, it wasn’t like this, a scenario where one man divided and cornered the wealth of the people is over. Rivers people are pleased, being carried along and being allowed to contribute to the growth of the State.
The multi-billion naira Port Harcourt Ring Road; Trans-Kalabari road project; the low cost housing units; Songhai farm rehabilitation; and job creation can be described as the monumental achievements Governor Fubara has recorded.
“Gone are the days projects are sited in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area alone. Rivers people can now see projects in all parts of the State. We appeal to detractors to allow Governor Fubara serve his people, give him maximum cooperation as it was given to Wike and others who had ruled the State. Others ruled for eight years, so nothing will stop our own.
Governor Fubara is one of the best things that has happened to Rivers State, as his peaceful disposition, accessibility and open-door policy are hallmark of leadership. He came for Rivers people, as seen in his actions and conduct. Anyone fighting him is an enemy of Rivers people and should be jettisoned,” he said.
Hart said the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili was right by endorsing Governor Fubara as the political leader of the State as provided in the PDP Constitution.
The PDP meant well by enshrining it in his Constitution, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) borrowed to implement.
The elderstatesman, therefore, appealed to all PDP members to respect the party’s Constitution as it is supreme.
He urged the 27 lawmakers led by Hon Martin Amaewhule to know that they are no longer lawmakers in the eyes of the law as any law made by them cannot stand.
While urging them to desist from being used by one selfish politician to destablise the peace existing in the State, Hart pleaded with the Governor to remember Bonny Local Government Area in the award of road projects, as Bonny internal roads are begging for attention.

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Monarch Lauds Fubara Over Solicitor-General’s Appointment

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The Eze Oha Evo III of Evo Kingdom, King Leslie Eke, has praised the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara over the appointment of Mrs Ibiwari Charity Clapton-Ogolo as Permanent Secretary and Solicitor- General of the State.
Eke  said this at a press briefing to mark his birthday at his palace in Woji in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
He said Clapton-Ogolo being a seasoned lawyer will do as expected in an attempt to project and defend the interest of the people.
According to him, such opportunity will also reduce the work-load on the office of the Attorney -General of the State.
The traditional ruler also said the appointment will aid in prompt delivery of justice in the State.
The appointment, he noted, has further demonstrated the Governor’s strength in governance of the State and not weakness as argued in some quarters.
He said those who are not in tune with the modern ways of governance will always be at the sea at each step taken by Governor Fubara.
The Governor, he further explained, is full of wisdom and is prepared to better the lots of Rivers people.
“I am at home with the Governor’s leadership style. He is calculative and he always hits the nail on the head. Well, people are free to say anything they like, but for me, the Governor is a goal getter”, he said.
He re-emphasised the intention of the entire Evo Kingdom’s undiluted support for the present administration as he prayed God to continue to guide and direct the Governor aright in order to enable him deliver credibly on the mandate given him.
It would be recalled that the State has for some time operated with only the office of the Attorney-General of the State until the recent appointment of the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General of State by Governor Fubara.

By: King Onunwor

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