Nigerians have expressed mixed feelings over the news of a Councillorship Aspirant for the upcoming 2020 Local Government Elections in Akwa Ibom State, taking to a Shrine to seek blessings for his nomination form.
Mr. Ukim, the aspirant of ward 7, Urueoffong/Oruko Local Government Area, took to the shrine on Thursday, August 13, 2020, to seek blessings.
Paradise News has it that the man placed the two nomination forms in front of the deity while offering prayers over it. He knelt in the shrine barefooted before the deity as he prayed.
The man wasn’t fully dressed. He wore a pair of white singlet and ash colored shorts with a bottle of gin in one hand while holding palm fronds on the other hand.
Reacting to the news, Adetunji Adediwura on twitter said: “If that’s his belief and he’s not harming anybody with it, so be it. He has Rights to Freedom of Religion and Association”
Another twitter user @jeremiahrmg commented: “Y’all be acting and tweeting as if y’all don’t know what’s going on here…so that you won’t be termed “HYPOCRITE” At the end… sacrifice will be involved may be animal or human…”
A supporter of the Politician’s action said people that knelt before Pastor Adeboye, Pastor Oyedepo and other popular pastors still embezzle, kill, and trampled on Human Rights.
He added that It’s better for Ukim to romance his beliefs in public than those who go to Pastors and Imams in the day and use human beings as a sacrifice at night.
User @Somidotun7 gave his opinion: “Most humans, especially Nigerians, know very little about Religion, they just practice religion because their parents dragged them into it.
How do you demean another man’s perception of God? The same convictions you have about your Religion and God is what another man has”, he said.
In Akwa Ibom State, the indigenes are mostly Christian today but in the past, this was not the case. Back in the days and at present, some indigenes regard traditional worship as a very important part of their lives.
Sacrifices are often made at ancestral shrines, to solicit protection, blessings, and favor.