The Imam in charge of the 13 Brigade Central Moeweqwe2sque, Akim Army Barracks, Calabar, Cross River State, Major Ibrahim Shofolahan was short of calling Governor Liyel Imoke an immoral man in his sermon to mark the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Delivering a sermon recently at the special prayer session to mark the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Calabar, Major Shofolahan said the government of Cross River State has been plowing the state’s resources in promoting immorality and “ungodly things” instead of proffering solutions on how to better the lives of the citizens. According to Shofolahan “The most painful thing in this state is that government is spending resources and encouraging ungodly things in the state. Money that was supposed to be used for development has rather been wasted on ungodly things. It is sad to see young people and even men and women dancing along the strrets naked all in the name of carnival.
“I have nothing against the Christmas celebration but I don’t think those organizing the Calabar carnival all for Christmas celebration truly understand what Christmas stands for.The birth of Jesus which they claim they are celebrating cannot be better expressed by people walking and dancing naked in public. It is against any religious doctrine.”
Lending their support to what seems like a campaign against the annual carnival; some other clerics have also said that the month long activities does not teach the teeming youths any value, but emphasize fun and nudity, two elements that does not impact positively on the future of youths. They maintained that instead of spending state funds on such prodigal activities, the government should have invested it in Tinapa Resort, which has gone moribund. The dilapidating resort if restored they claimed, has the capacity to absorb these jobless youths thereby helping to alleviate poverty in the state.
Recall that the Festival was started the Donald Duke administration at the turn of the millennium and has since been sustained by Senator Liyel Imoke who succeeded him.