Category Archives: Religion and Culture

Edo Priestesses Visit Edo Assembly With Juju, Lay Curses on Opposers of Governor Obaseki

The spiritual leader of Ekutetebite Negwogho group, Princess lnibokun lmasemwenbor, has laid curses on opposers of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo priestess, who visited the Edo State House of Assembly with her team on Friday morning, pronounced the curses at the gate of the Assembly.

She was in company of other priestesses, who said they represent the priestesses of traditional worship centres across Benin Kingdom.

Speaking on their behalf, Princess lnibokun lmasemwenbor, said she inherited her symbol of authority as juju priestess from her grandfather and whatever she pronounced on anyone will be so.

“I was at home when I saw on television the crisis at the Edo Assembly. I heard some of the things said that some people from other ethnic groups are trying to turn Benin upside down. We Benin people don’t like what they are doing.

“APC is oppressing Obaseki, that is mere oppression, they want to oppress our Obaseki.

“Why I am interested in the matter is that we did not have access road to my community before Obaseki became Governor. We used to spend so much to come to Benin. But now, we can travel in and out of our community with ease, no more erosion.

“For that reason, I must support Obaseki for a second term. Whoever says he will turn the state upside down to rig the election, let the heads of our ancestors torment them.

“Obaseki is a peace maker, he gave us amenities of life and for that reason, I have to back him up with my strength.”

Princess lmasemwenbor assured that Obaseki will be re-elected Governor again for another four years.

“Nobody will grab it from him and whoever says he will turn the state upside down to subvert the wishes of the people, help us tell such people that the head of our ancestors will torment them, all the deities of Benin kingdom should torment them,” she warned.

EID-EL KABIR: Chief Kalu Congratulates Muslim Community, Sues For Peace

The National Coordinator of People’s Democratic Party Coalition, a PDP Youth and Stakeholders mobilization and advocacy group, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu, has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria and around the world as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-kabir.

In a press statement signed by Comr Amos Kalu, his media and publicity aide, and made available to newsmen, Chief Kalu urged the Muslim faithful to see the festival as a moment for sober reflection and prayers for peace, unity, progress and stability of the country, reiterating that peace is the only key to a better and prosperous Nigeria.

“First of all, we sincerely thank Allah for life and his watch over our nation, nothwithanding our challenges and setback of COVID-19, he has continued to watch over the nation. As you celebrate this year’s Eid-el-kabir, it is important that you remember to pray for God’s intervention, especially for restoration of peace and end to coronavirus pandemic.

“I urge every Muslim to continue to pray for peace, love, unity and greater understanding for our leaders and the betterment of the masses” he encouraged.

He also reminded the Muslim faithful and Nigeria as a whole of the place of prayers even as we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

“I believe the prayers of the faithful can attract the peace and healing our country needs”, the statement concluded.

Edo Indigenous Movement partners with United Nations to celebrate World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), also known as Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide (EIM) has announced that it will be celebrating the 2020 edition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in collaboration with the United Nations.

EPIA, while noting that the 2020 edition will reflect the challenges of COVID-19 across the globe, argued that despite the pandemic, there has been a peak in political consciousness of Indigenous peoples between 2019 and 2020, especially in Africa.

Chief Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo who spoke to journalists on the matter in Benin City, commended Edo indigenes at home and across the world for rising up to defend and protect the rights of Edo indigenes in the face of oppressive political policies.

He also said “This year’s theme is” the Covid 19, Politics and Indigenous Peoples”, and Edo Indigenous Movement is using this opportunity to call on all its indigenes worldwide not to relent effort in promoting their indigenous empowerment and put their state high before any one on earth.

“No matter what anyone says against Edo, there is no place like home”, he emphasized.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.

This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

It was first pronounced by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982.

CAC Withdraws Registration Certificate Of Ohaneze, Arewa, Other Groups

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has withdrawn the registration certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and other socio-cultural groups in Nigeria.

Disclosing this at the weekend in Abuja, the Registrar General of CAC, Mr Garba Abubakar, said the measure was part of the reforms the Commission was putting in place to subject such applications to thorough scrutiny following security threats that may arise from such registrations.

The RG noted that the reforms are a measure put together to sanitise the Commission operations which lead to the recent withdrawal of the certificate of registration earlier issued to Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly. He said:

“Yes, we have withdrawn the certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly because the certificate should not have been issued in the first instance.

“We have an established protocol that all organisations; ethnic, religious with political implication should be referred for security clearance before such organisations are registered. In 2017, a similar organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide applied to be registered and security agencies rejected it.

“It would have been a double standard to allow another organisation to be registered. Up till now, Arewa Consultative Forum is not registered because they were not given security clearance, we have South-South Youth Forum, NorthEast Youth Forum and so many organisations that have not been allowed to register.

“What we have done after withdrawing the certificate (of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly), we now referred the application for security clearance, if at the end of the day we are advised that this object is consistent with what the law says, and the trustees are fit and proper, then we will go ahead, but till then, we have withdrawn the certificate and they have threatened to go to court, we are lawyers, we will meet them in court.”