Over 280 youths in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, South-south Nigeria have renounced membership of various cult groups.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), John Ewa, Chairman of the Local Government Council, disclosed this on Monday at the launch of a campaign tagged “The New Boki Project” aimed at the reintegration of the youth.
“I am happy that over 280 youths in the Boki Local Government Area have renounced cultism and embraced peace,” Ewa said.
Cultism, cult activities, and communal clashes have claimed over 50 lives in Boki Local Government Area from 2017 till date, Ewa added.
He explained that the project was initiated to promote peaceful co-existence and curb youth restlessness by bringing them into one fold.
The local government chairman added that the project was a necessary step to achieving peace as cultism was threatening the peace and development of the area.
While expressing joy, he said the renouncement by the youths showed that the efforts by the Boki Peace and Reconciliation Committee were effective.
“This shows that the Boki Peace and Reconciliation Committee we put in place is yielding results.”
“At this point in time, it is only peace that can guarantee the needed development that Boki yearns for.”
Ewa further enjoined the youth to channel their energy toward ventures that would improve their lives positively as arrangements had been concluded for the repentant youths to acquire skills that would help their reintegration.
Francis Obun, one of the repentant youth, said some of them were ignorantly deceived into joining various cult groups.
Obun while commending the chairman for the initiative also pledged that they would turn a new leaf.
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