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By Emeka Ani

Nigeria’s do or die politics and the get-rich-quick mentality among the youth have forced many into diabolic means to realize their inordinate ambitions. One of such evil means is ritual killings, either to get money or achieve success in politics.

Worried by this ugly development, a religious leader and a traditional ruler, have at different fora raised the alarm against the fiendish trend.

Preaching at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri recently, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna noted that apart from Diala/Osu/Ohu segregation, another evil in Igboland and other parts of Nigeria is ritual killing.

“I hear some go into rituals, using human beings, human blood, seeking power from a helpless human being, from helpless goats and dogs for money and power,” he said.
Describing such rituals as wasted sacrifices, the prelate said he heard that such rituals are performed in private, public and even in official places by people who seek power and money”. He said that such diabolic acts are holding ndigbo captive.

Quoting the scripture, Archbishop Obinna asked: “What will one gain by winning the whole world and forfeit his soul”?

He attributed poverty and misery in the land to lack of wisdom, saying, that is why we have failed despite God’s richly blessing on this land.
He said Nigerians have a lot of intelligence but lack wisdom. “Intelligence is only a raw instrument that can be used for evil or for goodness.

Unfortunately, we use our intelligence more for evil than goodness. It’s only when intelligence transmutes to wisdom that goodness, justice, uprightness, honesty etc, will manifest and transform our society.

In a related development, the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II has also expressed concern over the growing cases of money rituals among the youths. He warned that the behaviour which is receiving wide patronage by yahoo yahooboys, was abominable and alien to Benin customs and tradition.

Speaking at a service in Benin, the Monarch advised youths to shun money rituals, noting that there was no easy way for wealth accumulation. He said, “youths cling to the illusion that they can become wealthy by killing people or stealing female underwears for ritual purposes. They will no doubt face the consequences.”
Ewuare also warned politicians to desist from violence and other acts capable of truncating the electoral process. He also cautioned the youths not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs to cause mayhem during elections.

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