The traditional ruler of Igbu Upata Kingdom in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo has called on the people to redirect their path to God.
He made the call today at Ogbele town, when he led traditional chiefs to the ancient Christian First Alter to fast and pray for the liberation of Upata and Ekpeye at large.
Joined by HRH Eze Ikaki Sobere Ikaki, HRH Eze Chigemerem David, HRH Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, HRH Eze Clifford Shika, HRH Eze Moses Agbezhi Daniel and other title Chiefs, Eze Otuwarikpo urged for prayers for the sustainance of the existing peace in Ekpeye land.
According to him, Ekpeye cannot grow in isolation because “no land develops on its own without foreign investors,” insisting that “we need everyone to grow the economy. The first task is to ensure a peaceful environment.”
The alter which was built in 1895 by white missionaries, according to the Regent, is of spiritual and historical relevance to the Ekpeye nation, advocating that all sons and daughters of the land should contribute their quota to rebuild the ancient church.
Delivering the sermon drawn from II Chronical 7:14, Rev. Dr. Friday Anthony admonished christians to always seek the face of God in terms of challenges, stressing that if the people call on God’s name and humble themselves, God will “hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”
In his speech, Chief Chituru Festus Oyagiri, JP who is the paramount ruler of Ogbele Community, commended Eze Otuwarikpo for instituting the annual prayer retreat, noting that “indeed, Ogbele is the first community where Christianity startedin Ekpeye through the Sombreiro river route.”
The fasting and prayer which was attended by clergies across Ekpeye communities, coincided with the birthday of the Ekpeye Regent, Eze Otuwarikpo.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
For EKPEYE TV © 2019