Religious group launches campaign against ritual killings

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Christ Universal Youth Fellowship, the youth wing of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star has launched a campaign against ritual killings, kidnappings and other social vices among the nation’s youth.

Launching the campaign which will include lectures, road trips, Christ Universal Youth Fellowship unveiled an advocacy billboard in Agbor, Delta State yesterday which highlighted some of the ills of the society, including ritual murders, kidnappings, hatred, abortion, rape, prostitution, illicit drugs, alcoholism, cybercrime among others.

The campaign is part of a church evangelistic program labeled ‘Spiritual Confluence’.

The International President, Christ Universal Youth Fellowship, Amb. Ifiokabasi Udo, who unveiled the advocacy billboard, expressed concern over the rise of social vices in society and called for a collaborative effort to stem the tide.

He urged Nigerians to embrace love, peace, the words of God, education, morality, self-confidence, self-development to bring the nation back to the days when people could move and run their businesses fearlessly.

“The tide of ritual murder, rape, prostitution and crime in our society has been a cause for concern requiring a collaborative effort to stem the tide. Just recently, the police paraded four underage boys for money ritual crime and these cases are commonplace in the society due to the get-rich-quick syndrome in the society. People can no longer move freely for fear of being killed,” he said.

Ifiokabasi urged the society to adopt the right virtues for a better and progressive society.

Also speaking, Ms. Martha Isonguyo, Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps of Agbor (FRSC) commended the religious body for unveiling the billboard.

Isonguyo, who unveiled the billboard, said the billboard content was timely to stem the tide of crime in society.

“The duty of the FRSC is to prevent accidents. One of the causal factors of the accident is the drugs and alcohol mentioned on the billboard. The public should read the billboard and embrace the good virtues,” she said.

The representative of the Holy Father on the occasion, His Grace Archbishop Essien Ndu, pronounced blessings for Agbor and the Delta State as a whole.

The program was a week-long event beginning with courtesy visits to CSP Rex Enwelikwu, DPO Agbor Police Station, SP Monday Osayi, DPO Owa Oyivu Police Station, DPO Abavo Police Station, among others.