By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo says criminals terrorizing Anambra State are fighting to enthrone idol worship over Christianity.
Professor Soludo stated this at the Second Session of the Sixth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Aguata, held at St James’ Church, Nanka, Orumba North Local Government Area last Sunday.
He said it was time for Christians in the state to unite to defend their faith in the face of evil and quest to intimidate the people back into idolatry.
He said, ‘The last institution those causing mayhem in the state want to exterminate is the Church, but they will not succeed. Anambra is a Christian state and will never succumb to idolatry.’
There have been a resurgence of traditionalists in the state recently, with many youths resorting to fetish practices that have long been abandoned by their fathers.
Soludo had earlier stated in a statewide broadcast that part of the strategy of the criminals was to instill fear in people through traditional religious practices which involved swearing people to oaths and human sacrifices.
Soludo, addressing the church, however stated that following his recent declaration of state of emergency on criminal elements operating in the state, security forces were already taking the war squarely to the hideouts of those terrorizing the state and that most had been arrested.
‘The quest to secure Anambra State is a collective fight. I urge Ndi Anambra to report activities of those who have seen criminality in the state as a lucrative enterprise.
‘Despite scanty resources, we are determined to give Ndi Anambra a state to be proud of,’ Soludo assured.