More than one thousand women from countries across the world have converged on Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria for an annual religious festival.
A spokesperson for the religious organization, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Princely Ibeabuchi during an interaction with journalists in Calabar said “we have over one thousand women from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Germany, Greece including the United States of America and other African, European and Latin American countries for a one week religious festival in Calabar.”
Ibeabuchi explained that the essence of the visit was “to promote global harmony, peace, unity, racial and ethnic tolerance as well as partake in the religious feast. The women will also fellowship with other women and people from Nigeria as we commemorate the birth of our Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.”
According to the Spokesperson, “the assembly of women referred to as the Blessed Mothers of the New Kingdom, who are at the forefront of festivities, would visit orphanages, homes for the elderly and prison yards to share food items, drugs, disinfectants and other essentials to the inmates”.
Ibeabuchi noted that attracting more than one thousand people to Nigeria for a festivity such as the birth of their leader was a boost to the nation’s economy.
He opined that the State and Nigerian Governments could explore religious festivities to generate revenue as well as create jobs for the teeming unemployed.
“Every year, the BCS organizes events that attract our members worldwide. They come into Nigeria from every corner of the globe to worship. So, we expect that the State and Nigerian Governments would partner with us to develop religious tourism just like Saudi Arabia, Italy, Greece and Israel”, he noted.
“We are seeking ways to create jobs, but tourism remains a flagship in this part of Nigeria to achieve that. Besides providing accommodation, with support of government, people can showcase food, drinks, arts and culture to these visitors”, stated Ibeabuchi.
He said that the celebration would climax with distribution of free food to Nigerians, noting “the leader is inviting all those, who may wish to share in that royal banquette and drink to be his guest at the world headquarters on Thursday the 17th and Sunday the 20th of November. The women will arrange an open kitchen where food would be served free of charge throughout the two days”.
“That is our leader’s way of giving back to society”, he added.