Anambra: Church holds prayer rally in Onitsha to protest ritual killings
The Grace of God Mission International, a pentecostal church in Onitsha, Anambra State, conducted a prayer march across the city on Sunday to condemn the society’s plague of ritual killings, cultism, and drug usage.
The demonstration, headed by the church’s General Superintendent and Presiding Bishop, Dr Paul Nwachukwu, went along key streets in the commercial center, halting at popular intersections for prayers and a sprinkling of anointed oil.
In various states across the country, there has been a significant increase in the number of ritual killings tied to the pursuit of money, the majority of which involve youngsters, with young females being the victims.
Nwachukwu, who led the rally, said: “We are doing this to pray against the spate of ritual killings in the society today, the high level of involvement in cultism by our young people and the rate at which they consume hard drugs.
“Today is a very big and great day. Grace of God youths held a rally all over the streets of Onitsha, declaring and making it loud and clear that ‘yahoo plus’, ‘mkpulummili’ (hard drugs) and every kind of cultism shall end in Onitsha.
“We prayed against the spirit of wickedness and lawlessness, praying that the youths will start to live a life that will bring glory to Christ. Honour their parents and be a blessing to the society.”
The prayer rally, which began from 3 pm to 6 pm, moved from Upper Iweka Road, Owerri-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and other prominent streets in the city.
Some members of the church who spoke to journalists said the aim of the rally was that Onitsha youths will be delivered from ritual killings, hard drugs and cultism, and they expressed the belief that Onitsha will not remain the same after the rally, as God will bring deliverance on the city and the youths.
Sopulu Uba, a member of the church, and a student of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, who participated in the march said: “I wish other churches will come out and do the same thing that our church is doing today. This will help to sensitize the people.”
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