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Uke Adoration Tragedy: CLO cautions politicians on comments

By Comrade Aloysius Attah

The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Anambra State Branch has berated politicians in Anambra state for using the Uke adoration stampede incident as a tool for scoring cheap political points against opponents.

Reacting to the various verbal attacks fired against each other by various political camps engaged in campaign activities for the Anambra governorship election, the CLO said that nothing can be so callous than people playing politics with human blood.

In a statement signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Aloysius Attah and Secretary, Comrade Chibueze Nwajiaku, the organization expressed bitterness on the way the unfortunate incident has been turned into a campaign tool by desperate politicians.

The statement noted that the State Chairman of CLO was an eye witness account to what transpired at the adoration ground having attended the vigil with his wife also cautioned politicians against making unguarded and inflammatory comments that will not only over heat the polity but also attract the wrath of God.

The CLO stated that what happened was an accident caused by unprecedented number of worshippers and false alarm that had nothing to do with the arrival or exit of the state governor at the adoration ground.

The CLO aligned itself with the position of Intersociety and the South East Christian Association of Nigeria who banned politicians from campaigning in churches.

The organization also called for a holistic investigation on the incident with a view to ascertaining the motive and mission of those who were waving banners and posters of guber aspirants in a holy prayer ground.

While commiserating with the bereaved families on the grievous loss, the organization also called on the authorities at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministries, Uke to enlarge the adoration ground with more entrance and exit routes and also fashion out an effective crowd control mechanism with adequate security in the premises to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident.