Owerri, 10 August, 2023 / 8:53 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Owerri Ecclesiastical Province are concerned about the increasing rate of neo-paganism among the young people who are resorting to ritual ways of acquiring money.
In their Wednesday, August 9 statement following a two-day meeting at Umuahia Diocesan Secretariat, members of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province (OWEP) expressed regret that some rituals include criminal activities.
“We are alarmed at the rate at which our young people are relapsing into neo-paganism,” the OWEP members who include Local Ordinaries of Owerri Archdiocese, and the Dioceses of Aba, Ahiara, Okigwe, Umuahia, and Orlu said.
The Bishops added that the young people in the West African nation “are lured into fetish rituals in their quest for money, for demonic powers and false assurances of protection.”
They further expressed concern that young people in Nigeria belonging to different cults are intimidating others, and are using the cults to conceal their criminal activities from the eyes of the law.