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Sit-at-home: Governor Soludo lifts ban on Thursday prayers to Anambra markets as traders couldn’t pray Mondays 

BY SUNNY A. DAVID, AWKA

Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo has returned Thursday prayer in Anambra markets as his insistence on Mondays to defy IPOB sit-at-home order could not receive compliance.

Traders at Nkpor Auto New Parts market, Idemili North Local Government Area were happy to return to Thursday prayer session after seven months of its ban in an effort to force traders to open their stalls Mondays to defy the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) sit-at-home order.

Chairman of the market, Chief Elysius Umeozorkwere paid tribute to Governor Soludo, his Aide on Trade and Markets, Hon. Evarist Uba and President General (PG) of  Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, Chief Humphrey Anuna for the return of the prayer session.

Chief Umeozorkwere said that the Governor through the ASMATA PG, announced the return.

“We were in a meeting at the ASMATA Headquarters last week when the ASMATA PG, Chief Anuna, announced it to us that the normal prayer session has come back. We are happy with the Governor, he knows that prayer is the key and asked us to continue in our prayer session.

“We normally have our prayer session on Thursdays and State Government in a bid to ensure that markets open on Mondays, to help stop the Monday sit-at-home order,  directed that market prayers be held on Mondays which eventually did not get one hundred per cent turn up of traders over fear of the unknown.

“As a result from June last year there was no prayer session in our market until last Thursday, thank God that our musical instruments parked since then are still sound. When I called the head of the prayer group, Evangelist Luke Obadiah, out of excitement he could not believe it that Governor has announced that the prayer session continues.

“With God everything is possible, it can only take time, and that is why we thank our able Governor for the peace he restored in all markets through his Special Adviser on Trade and Markets, Hon. Uba and ASMATA President General, Chief Anuna.

In his homily during the prayer session, Evangelist Obadiah recalled that since June last year the market prayer group did not perform due to the sit-at-home order as traders out of fear of unknown did not turn up on Mondays, adding that with divine Intervention, the group has come back in full force 

“This 2024 will be a year of progress for all traders in this market. Enemies of progress will not see us, evil people will not see us, it is a special year for better welfare of all traders in this market.

“God has made it to us by using the Governor to ask us to continue in our prayers which we use to ward  off evils in the market. It is only good things that will come our way starting from this year,” he prayed. 

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