Akpan Etukudoh Aware, Calabar
The spiritual leader of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu has sent food items to Muslim faithful in Cross River State to help them break one month long Ramadan fasting.
The revered religious leader who is also known as the King of kings and Lord of Lords before now had donated huge sum of money to support the building of mosques in Calabar, capital of to state.
The donation of fruits and other food items was done at the Bogobiri central mosque in Calabar through an arm of the Brotherhood organisation called Universal Mercy Fellowship headed by Christ Ambassador Ronke Aluko. Aluko was represented by the director of research and statistics in the Mercy Fellowship, Bishop-elect Eric Iyango.
In his message to the Muslim brethren through the Mercy Fellowship, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu commended them for enduring the one month fast and devotion to prayers, assuring that such spiritual exercise was most remarkable as such draws faithful to the Almighty.
The Brotherhood leader charged the Muslim leaders and adherents to persist in practising love and forgiveness amongst themselves and neighbours as this would engender much goodwill in Nigeria and beyond.
“The essence of fasting and prayer amongst the followers of God cannot be overemphasised. This is because these are the ways to easily reach God and direct our requests for solution. I want to encourage you to imbibe the lessons learnt during the fasting. I also encourage you to continue to love yourselves, your neighbours and forgive your enemies”, Obu charged the Muslims.
Receiving the large delegations, the head of the Muslims Community in Calabar, Alhaji Salisu Abba Lawan commended the spiritual leader for regularly sending gifts, donations and celebrating with them from time to time.
Alhaji Lawan who is also the head of Hausa’s/Fulani’s community in the state, said the spiritual leader is different in character and practise because he does not discriminate but usually showed his concern to them, adding that they were particularly happy that he again sent food items to help them break their Ramadan fast.
According to Muslim leader, the Brotherhood organisation has had long standing relationship with Muslims in the state, stating that like Islam, Brotherhood adherents also knock their foreheads on the floor as a sign of total submission to the Almighty God during worship.
He revealed that during the Nigerian Civil War when the Hausa’s and Fulani’s fled Calabar, the spiritual leader helped protect their mosques against attacks and handed them over few years after the war when they returned to Calabar.
“Over the years we have benefited from Leader Olumba Olumba Obu. He has usually given us financial supports to build our mosques. We, too, will also reciprocate this love from Olumba”, he said.