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Be vigilant, prayerful over herders’ threat, CAN, Delta monarchs tell residents

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Chairman, Delta Traditional Rulers Council (DTRC), Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II (middle) examining a document with Vice Chairman, Pere Luke Kalanama VIII (right) and the Obuzor of Ibusa, Prof. Louis Nwaoboshi, during the council’s meeting in Asaba… at the weekend.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CABN) and traditional rulers in Delta State have appealed to residents to be more prayerful, vigilant and security conscious following herdsmen’s threat to attack Asaba and Agbor over the southern governors’ insistence on open grazing ban.

CAN Chairman, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, in a letter to the Christian community, directed pastors and church leaders to print a copy of the letter, lay it on their altars and pray in their local churches.

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It directed that prayers for Sunday, June 20, 2021 would hold during church services in the local churches, while the Monday, June 21, 2021 prayers would hold 5:00p.m. in the local churches.

He added that the Tuesday, June 22, 2021 session would hold at 4:00 p.m. in the council areas, while on the third day of the fasting and prayer being Tuesday, June 22, members of all churches would assemble at a venue, which CAN executive would choose and communicate to members.

“All pastors and worshipers are requested to attend the Tuesday meeting and hand over the letter which they lay for two nights in their altars to the CAN coordinators in their areas, who will say the final prayer for Christians’ victory over the plot,” the letter reads.

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On their part, the monarchs charged Delta people to be vigilant and security conscious in a four-point communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Asaba.

In the communiqué delivered by Chairman of Delta Traditional Rulers Council and Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor 11, the monarchs condemned the threat and restated their earlier support for the position of the southern governors during the Asaba Declaration.

The monarchs urged all communities in the state to activate their security apparatuses and get prepared to confront any threat to peace and security in their domains.

They also cautioned security agencies against treating the threat with levity, but rather extend their dragnets to all nooks and corners of the state with a view to nipping activities of criminal elements in the bud.

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While decrying rising insecurity in the country, the monarchs charged the federal authorities to take security seriously to avert the nation drifting into anarchy.

The traditional rulers noted that the Delta State Government had done a lot to ensure the protection of life and property of the citizens and urged the Federal Government to be more decisive in handling security challenges facing the country.

At the meeting, the monarchs also reviewed developments in the state and urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa not to relent in giving more dividends of democracy to Delta people.

Second Vice-Chairman of the council, Pere S. P. Luke Kalanama VIII and the Obuzor of Ibusa, Prof. Louis Nwaoboshi, among others, attended the meeting.

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