Catholic Women Organisation, CWO, Abakaliki Diocese, yesterday held a rosary procession which ended with the burning of written petitions unto God.
Mrs Chinwendu Muoneke, president of the CWO, explained that they came out to pray for peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial elections in Ebonyi and the entire country.
She thanked God for the peaceful conduct of the Presidential/National Assembly elections and prayed that the gubernatorial election, especially in Ebonyi, would be peaceful.
“The high rate of crime being experienced during these electoral processes and the challenges generally faced by people within the same period are worrisome.
“Individuals who take political activities as do or die affair should realise the negative sides, as youths are being used as thugs to kill and maim people.
“Youths have been used to destroy valuable properties of innocent people in the area,” she said.
According to Muoneke, the activities of politicians have created fear and panic among people in the state, as they are being intimidated on daily basis.
“This is why we decided to cry unto God to ensure that the polls are peaceful through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“I hereby advise women to shun acts such as discrimination, gossip, malice among others and ensure that they monitor their children’s activities to prevent them from being used to perpetrate electoral violence,” she added.
The Administrator of St. Theresa’s Cathedral, venue of the prayer, Monsignor Alphonsus Iwueke, urged the women to continue to be prayerful as prayer was the solution to all problems.
“Prayer creates good relationship, peace, love and harmony to families, communities, states and nations.
“I commend you for coming together to pray for the conduct of peaceful elections in the state and the country as a whole.
“Ensure that you are not involved in acts that would bring disunity and problems in the society,” he stressed.
The prayer with the theme, “Happy are the Peacemakers,” attracted more than 1, 000 women from all the parishes in the diocese. NAN