By Stanley Nwanosike
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has called for prayers and sober reflection to stem the tide of current incessant killings in Anambra even as the political tension in the state heightens.
The Chairman of CLO in the state, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu.
Ezekwueme urged political, religious and traditional leaders to come out of their comfort zones and order for three days of fervent fasting and prayers, seeking God’s intervention in the “senseless killings“ in the state.
According to him, the recent development is alien and antithetical to the religion, tradition, culture and customs of the Igbos.
The Igbo people, he said, always respect the sacredness and sanctity of human life.
He said that the CLO was pleading with perpetrators of the violence and killings to give peace a chance.
“Notably, the commandment of God, ‘thou shall not kill’ is sacrosanct and must be respected by all mortals. It is noteworthy that only God gives and takes life.
“It is of great relevance and significant to note that uncommon situations call for unusual solutions.
“There is nothing difficult for Almighty God, hence the urgent and inevitable need to hand over security challenges facing the country, especially Anambra, to the hand of God who has the final solution to all problems.
“May our merciful Lord forgive the sins of all those who lost their lives in the horrendous killings, especially Dr Chike Akunyili, as well as accept their gentle souls in paradise.
“Their supreme sacrifices will be a seed of peace, love, forgiveness and tranquility,” he said.
The CLO boss also reiterated his earlier appeal for all and sundry to work toward peace, progress, prosperity and protection of lives, livelihood and property of the citizenry.
NAN reports that the residents of the state would be going to the poll on Nov. 6 to elect a new governor.