In a bold move towards infrastructure development, the Anambra State government has demolished the revered “Olulu Eke Deity” in Ekwulobia, Aguata local government area, to make space for the construction of a much-needed flyover at the popular Ekwulobia roundabout.
The Olulu Eke deity, known for its significant reverence among worshippers in the surrounding communities of Aguata, raised concerns about potential consequences following the shrine’s demolition. Despite warnings and threats, the state government proceeded with its development plan, emphasizing the greater benefits the Ekwulobia flyover would bring to the people.
The chief priest of Udo Olulu Eke Ekwulobia had expressed reservations about the government’s decision, citing potential repercussions. In a video that circulated, the driver of the demolishing caterpillar was seen dropping kola nuts on the ground as a sign of respect to the deity before executing the demolition.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo defended the decision, stating that the construction of the flyover would outweigh the preservation of an ancient shrine. He highlighted the enduring traffic gridlock at Ekwulobia roundabout over the years and emphasized the positive impact the flyover would have on the community.
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In the face of warnings and opposition, Soludo urged the church to confront what he referred to as the common enemy of idolatry, describing it as the fastest-growing religion in the state. He encouraged collective efforts to take back the state from criminal elements and emphasized the need to unite against challenges facing the region.
The demolition of the Olulu Eke Deity represents a significant step in Anambra’s commitment to progress and development, despite the cultural and religious sentiments associated with the revered shrine.
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