By Elizabeth Uwandu
AN Edo State indigene, Mr Lucky Akhagbemeh, has called on the Federal Government to redouble efforts towards enforcing the rights of Nigerians to worship whatever they chose to worship.
Akhagbemeh who made the call in Asaba while narrating how his family members and community tried to force one of his cousins, Pastor Bright Ikpea, to be initiated as the chief priest of their community’s shrine, said his cousin had to flee to Libya when the pressure became too much, leaving his wife and two daughters behind.
According to him, “They said the consequence of his refusal was death so he decided to do it because of his parents. When he got there he was asked to perform some rituals.
“He was also asked to bring the circumcised part of the daughters to the shrine for dedication. My cousin, since that time, fled the country before he could take over the spiritual staff, the symbol of authority.”