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Govt never banned market prayers – Adinuba

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IN AN apparent move to reassure its commitment to spiritual and moral platforms in Anambra State, government has debunked speculations that it banned prayer rallies in markets across the state to show sheer willpower, clarifying that it has only moved to stop prayer sessions from becoming tools through which unscrupulous elements perpetuate mischiefs in the markets.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, made the clarifications yesterday in a press release.

According to Adinuba, the people and government of Anambra State are proud of the stupendous religious heritage of the state for which Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther began his missionary journey in what was to become the Eastern Nigerian Region in Onitsha and resulting in the fact that it was from Anambra State that both Anglican and Catholic faiths spread to other parts of not just the Southeast but also the entire Eastern Nigeria while early Anglican clerics of Igbo origin such as Reverend John Christopher Taylor and Reverend Alfonso Chukwuma Onyeabo beginning their distinguished careers in Onitsha.

The release also reminded ndi Anambra that the state gave Catholic Church its first West African saint to be beatified or raised to the alters, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, and also gave it the first Nigerian to work as a very senior and globally respected official of the Vatican, Francis Cardinal Arinze, to show the people’s intense spirituality as being immensely beneficial to the state in particular and the nation in general, including in the conduct of business, adding that the state government has always been supportive of spiritual activities in markets which include regular prayer sessions, but will not fold its hands and allow bad eggs to hijack it.

Decrying the scramble for incessant prayer sessions in the markets, the release stated that situations where self-serving preachers manipulate traders call for concern, advises all those in the markets in the state to remain spiritual because their spirituality benefits the state, like in its significant contribution to Anambra’s emergence as the safest and most peaceful in the whole country.

It therefore approves global and compulsory monthly prayer session as appropriate with each market deciding on the day and time to close shops and hold its own prayers in appreciation of God’s protection, guidance and blessings, adding that before then, individuals and groups will continue with their daily prayers like Morning Devotion, The Angelus and Divine Mercy.

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