A Christian youth group in Cross River State has reportedly protested at the Government House in Calabar over the conduct of the on-going Calabar carnival on Sundays, accusing the state government of scheming to suppress Christianity in the state.
Reports say the Patron of the group, Reverend Theodore Effiong, said the carnival has caused the state social and moral setback, as there was alarming increase in teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and child abandonment.
According to the group, the last carnival which took place on Sunday, allegedly hindered many Christians from attending Sunday worship as most of the major roads were closed to traffic by the Carnival train.
The placard carrying women who went through Calabar main market, Watt and the Millennium Park and finally barricaded the Governor’s Office gate, said “no dry run or Carnival on Sunday, it is the Lord’s day”.
The youths wing known as Christian Youths in Cross River, protested the second day and filed out to the Governor’s office in black attire, chanting songs as they appealed to the governor to stop promoting carnival, sexual immorality, ungodly activities and the street dance with its associated ills.
In a letter delivered to the governor through his Security Adviser, Mr. Rekpene Bassey, the aggrieved youths recalled that Christianity started in Calabar, as the two Efik Kings, King Eyo Honesty 11 and King Eyamba V were the first monarch in Africa in 1841 to write Queen Victoria of England, requesting for Missionaries to fill the gap created with the abolition of slave trade.
They also stated that the Holy Bible was first translated in Efik language in the entire Africa, before any other native language on the continent.