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Large numbers of Nigerians of Igbo extraction have converged in Biakpan, the birthplace of Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, the founder of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, which is a Christian spiritual movement.
They are mostly members of the organisation, according to one of the leaders of the pilgrims, Archbishop Evans Nwansi from Imo State who said they number well over 5000.
He said the pilgrims came from Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra and Imo States which all have huge presence and structures of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star for the purposes of religious observances and tourism.
Archbishop Evans Nwansi said even though most of them were members of the spiritual organization yet there were others who accompanied them for the pilgrimage having heard much about their leader and his birthplace as well as the famous stream.
He said that it was the first time they moved enmasse for such event and would be doing so every year.
The Archbishop said the essence of the mass movement for the religious observance enabled them to have quiet moment, commune with the Creator and take a dip into the mysterious Biakpan Stream.
Speaking further, he said they expect much more positive developments in their individual lives and in their different states as a result of the pilgrimage.
“The pilgrims were mostly baptised members of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. This is the first time the Igbo from the five states in the Southeast have performed this pilgrimage in Biakpan.
“We hope to do this every year. We believe much that this particular pilgrimage will boost our fortunes, economically, socially and even politically.
“We are more than 5000 from all over the five Igbo States where you have outposts of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.
“Many of us that came with different ailments got cured instantly when we dipped into the potent water”, Nwansi said.
He said the pilgrimage was more conducive this time as they were accommodated in the newly built 10,000 auditorium built by the spiritual leader for local and foreign pilgrims.