DISTURBED by the loss of lives at an Adoration ground at Uke in Anambra State weekend, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has called for a ban on politicians to attend services at the adoration ground in view of the negative consequences they were bringing to the holy ground.
Reacting on the stampede that claimed the lives of 28 persons in Anambra State at Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, chairman of the rights group, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi said it is unacceptable for politicians to turn adoration centers to places for soliciting votes.
He said: "It is our advice to the authorities of the Adoration Ministry led by Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma to ban the official attendance and recognition of politicians and their political parties. Such politicians may be allowed to attend in their private capacities. Ban should also be placed on their mass of supporters, who at times turn mischievous.
"Donation of vehicles by politicians to convey devotees to the Adoration Ground should also be banned. It is shocking and sad to note that some politicians have formed the habit of sending and stationing their hatchet men on the Adoration Ground to disrupt their opponents' successful participation in the Prayers sessions either by voice or physical disruptions.
"The authorities of the Adoration Ground should reorganize the entire security and exit and entry procedures in the premises of the Ministry. The mammoth crowd that graced the stampeded prayer session is dotted with suspicion of "menacing rented crowd" possibly imported by some politicians to create such homicidal atmosphere.