By Jeff Amechi Agbodo Onitsha
Residents of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have banned worship and other criminal activities in the area.
Youths and community leaders who gathered at Obosi mini-stadium in a crusade against cult and other vices in the community said ‘enough’ of the many murders of youths in cult-related activities In the region.
Speaking, Awareness Crusade Chairman and Organizer, Mr. Anyafulu Obichukwu Zik said that young people should embrace trade, education, skills and good businesses rather than indulging in worship, claiming that there was no benefit to the cult rather than killing or being killed.
He warned that anyone caught or arrested in cult-related activities in Obosi would not be spared and warned cults who are not from Obosi to leave the community or face the wrath of the community, saying that the youth leaders were determined to eradicate the sect. in the community.
‘Obosi Ukwala, we have lost so many souls! How long are we going to kill before we realize we killed our own brothers. As a cultist you have no freedom, you live in fear, you have no real business. So we know who is who in this community, we know each other and we are ready to face the cultists of Obosi. It’s a new dawn in Obosi,” he said.
Crusade leader Ekene Molokwu (Ezedioramma) host said he decided to take the bull by the horns to sponsor the program to channel the energy and attention of young people into jobs, skills and a meaningful education rather than worship.
He said that Obosi was once a peaceful and quiet town but is now deserted due to fears of cult-related attacks which he says have caused many prominent figures in the town to relocate to overseas, Enugu, Asaba and other nearby towns for their safety. .
“We have lost a lot of young people to the cult we want to stop from now on. I want to assure and promise to sponsor as many young people who want to learn skills and set them up to start their own when they are done the skills program.I will also give scholarships to our young people who wish to further their education at home and abroad to encourage and engage young people.
Other young leaders from various villages in Obosi; Ebuka Onwuzulike, Okolo Emeka Suker, Ikem Gregory, Tochukwu Obienu, Obiokwu Chukwudi, Chimezie Onowu, Uzodinma Obi and Chike Offor who spoke in unison against the cult in the area and were ready to challenge anyone who violated the ban on their activities in the city.
They said they would work with vigilantes, police and other security agents to quell the area’s youth against the cult and crimes.
Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Obosi Police Station Ahmadul Ayuba and Obosi Anti-Sect Police Commander Azeez Nuhu commended the youths and program sponsors for their courage and determination to cracking down on cultists in the area which they say has been a major challenge to the city over the years.
The program was attended by the representative of the traditional leader of the Obosi community, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, the senior special adviser to the outgoing governor Obiano, Mr. Tony Monagor (Tony One-Week), the general president of the community of Obosi, Chief Ike Okolo an engineer and other town figures who said the killings of youths must stop in the town of Obosi.