20 November 2012

Nigeria: Bishop Decries Upsurge in Fetish Acts

Ado Ekiti — Bishop Felix Ajakaye of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti has decried what he described as an upsurge in fetish activities in the state, saying the trend is sending the state back to the dark ages.

In his sermon at a thanksgiving mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, to round off the Press Week of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the bishop said fetish sacrifices placed at different junctions in the state calls for a serious concern.

He said apart from the fact that the sacrifices deface the streets of the state, they also portray the people as uncivilized.

"I saw a whole ram at a junction in Usi-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state, garnished with salt and palm oil. Apart from being unsightly and unhealthy, I see it as a waste of resources because I believe there must be people in that community who have not eaten meat for some time," he said.

While descrying the attitude of council workers during their strike and teachers' botched test, the bishop said they could have made their points through other means rather than resorting to fetish acts.

"It is embarrassing, and we can make our points without being primitive. The council workers even went as far as tying the gates to their councils with palm fronds. There must be Christians and Muslims among the workers, who go to churches and mosques. That act needs to be totally condemned. We should live in the light and not in the dark," he said.

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