HRH Augustine Onu Amadi, paramount ruler of Elibrada (c) with his chiefs at the occasion
Elibrada people giving glory to God for His mercies at the occasion

(By Iheanyi Ezinwo, Publisher) -History was made on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Elibrada, a very strategic town in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria  when the indigenes, determined to change the narratives of  kidnapping, cultism, violence and killings gathered to  ask for God’s mercy and also recommit the land and people to God at a solemn Assembly.

Speaking at the  meeting,  with the theme: ‘Elibrada in God’s Hands’, the chairman of Elibrada Concerned Citizens,  organizers of the programme, Hon. Ben Oti,  recalled the days when Elibrada used  to be peaceful and every one, including strangers  was going about his or her business without fear before the advent of cultism, and how the violent clashes and killings scared away  the inhabitants, turning the place into a ghost town at a time.

Rev. (Dr.) Chigozirum Amadi embracing and praying for the repentant cultists

He thanked all those who contributed in the return of peace in Elibrada, even as he explained   that the Solemn Assembly was conceived as an opportunity for the people to seek forgiveness  from God, and for the healing of the land.

In his message, Rev. Chigozirum Amadi thanked God for the return of peace in Elibrada and the bold move to rededicate Elibrada to God. He however blamed the  abominations  that  befell the town on all indigenes who sponsored and encouraged the violence, and   others who were indifferent  to the carnage while it lasted.

He warned  that the blood of those killed would be required in the hands of all those who  are  directly or indirectly responsible  unless they repent and seek forgiveness from God, who, he said abhors unlawful  shedding of blood,  as was  the case in the community for some years.

Dr. Amadi however disclosed that God is merciful, and that if the people can return to Him in repentance, that he will forgive and heal the land, and development which  has eluded the area  because of violence will come without delay.
He recalled how that Elibrada was honoured as the most peaceful community in Emohua at a time, and how buildings have speedily taken over locations  of shrines in the town, assuring that the trend will continue until there is  no more shrine in Elibrada.

Rev. Goddy Oti (kneeling) dedicating the land unto God

The ministration was followed by prayers for  forgiveness for individuals and for the community,  dedication of the land  and people of  Elibrada to God, as well as special prayers for the repentant cultists present.
Meanwhile, one of the repentant cultists who spoke at the occasion regretted  that they  behaved foolishly, in an unprofitable enterprise but  thanked God that he is alive to tell the story unlike others  who lost their lives in violent  cult clashes within  and outside Elibrada.

The solemn Assembly, which took place at Elibrada playground featured testimonies,  praise and worship, prayer sessions and dedication of the land to God. The event  was attended by the paramount ruler of the town, Chief Augustine Onu Amadi and his chiefs; ministers of God from the community and concerned citizens of Elibrada.