I Didn’t Ban Prayers in Markets – Soludo

The Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, says he has not banned prayers in markets across the state. The Governor clarified this through the State Information Commissioner, Sir Paul Nwosu, reports Jude Atupulazi.

The Governor stated this in reaction to some viral insinuations on social media that he had stopped traders from coming together to pray in the markets.

‘How can Governor Soludo ban prayers in our markets when he starts every day with prayer?’ Sir Nwosu queried, noting that the Governor started every single day with either a Mass, where a Catholic Priest officiated, or a Service where an Anglican Reverend or Pentecostal Pastor presided.

‘A man who puts premium on morning devotions cannot ask others not to engage in morning prayers,’ Sir Nwosu stressed.

The Commissioner explained that what the Governor alluded to, which was misrepresented was that traders should hold their morning devotions in a manner that was consistent with their occupation, bearing in mind that customers would have come from far and wide to shop.

‘Incidentally, a good number of these customers come from out of the state to sleep over so that they can do their shopping early enough and return to their far-flung destinations.

‘But when these customers from far places wait for too long without the market stalls being opened, they sadly leave due to frustration.

‘This is not good customer care,’ Sir Nwosu said, urging the traders to start every business week on Mondays with prayers and see how blessings will propel all their endeavours. Prayer, he said, was the master key that ultimately unlocked challenges they might have been facing in their businesses.