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 on Tuesday 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.
Also in attendance were 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 to sustain the existing peace in Ekpeye land.
According to him, Ekpeye cannot grow in isolation because “no land develops on its own without foreign investors. We need everyone to grow the economy. The first task is to ensure a peaceful environment.”
The altar, which was built in 1895 by white missionaries, according to the Regent, is of spiritual and historical relevance to the Ekpeye nation, adding that all sons and daughters of the land should contribute their quota to rebuild the ancient church.
Delivering the sermon drawn from 2 Chronical 7:14, Rev. Dr. Friday Anthony admonished Christians to always seek the face of God in times of challenges, stressing that if the people call on God’s name and humble themselves, God will “hear from heaven and forgive their sins 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 started in Ekpeye through the Sombreiro river route.”
The fasting and prayer, which was attended by clergies from across Ekpeye communities, coincided with the birthday of the Ekpeye Regent, Eze Otuwarikpo.