By Our Reporter
The Inter-Religious Mega Conference, organised by a religious organisaion, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), has ended in Calabar with a call for religious tolerance and unity.
The Conference, which was aimed at enhancing religious tolerance, unification of faith-based groups and traditional religions was anchored by an arm of the fold, Christ Universal General Fellowship.
The event, which took place between Monday 17 to Saturday 22 October 2022 at their administrative world headquarters in Calabar, had participants drawn from other churches, philosophical organisations and religions as well as a good number of in-house Fellowships in the spiritual organization.
Daily paper presentations were handled by denominational church leaders, religionists as well as erudite scholars from the Brotherhood fold.
Some of the discussants included a Professor of philosophy of religions and lecturer at Department of Religious Studies, University of Uyo, Protus Nathan Uzorma.
Others were HRM Barrister Evans Nwansi from Imo State, Sheykh Imaam Dr Salih Animashaun, a one time chief Imam of Muslim Students Society.
Those from the Pentecostal church fold were the founder of Heaven Concern Deliverance Ministry in Agbor, Delta State, Dr Amaechi Ogbeje as well as Apostle Chinedu Odenigbo, amongst others.
One of the thought-provoking topics handled at the mega-conference was: ‘The Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ: A Divine Promise Consummated or an Expectation?’
The discussants shared views and beliefs about the Divine Promise of the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ whether it was still an expectation or a fulfilled prophecy.
They were united in their calls for peace and unity amongst many tribes, beliefs and races.
Chairman of the International Organizing Committee, Archbishop Emmanuel A. Ekuri, himself an academic, spoke to Journalists shortly after the event.
He explained that “The week-long event featured three eventful days of intensive Evangelical Visitations to Royal fathers, top military personnel, government functionaries, partisans and 3-day Calabar Metropolitan City Crusade for people to avail themselves with the Everlasting Gospel delivered by Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.”
Ekuri said the Metropolitan City Crusade was a special feature meant to create an enabling platform for unification and religious unity and peace.
He described the Mega Conference as one of the most elaborate and exceptionally eventful periods in the annals of the BCS Christ Universal General Fellowship (CUGF) which, he said, has impacted other faiths and philosophical organizations.
According to him, “the event was to lay a strong foundation for the rejuvenation of the integrative spirit of unity, tolerance, love and brotherhood.”
Ekuri further explained that the theme of the event, ‘We are all we need, we are better together,’ charged man on the imperatives of unity.
In the course of the event, the organisers and resources persons took time out to visit the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V.
In his remarks, the reverred king, represented by the chairman of Etuboms Traditional Council, HRM Bassey Okor Bassey Duke, commended the spirit behind Inter-Religious Mega Conference. He called for unity and intensification of love between creations.
The Obong said the Palace was pleased that Brotherhood of the Cross and Star does not distance themselves from them, adding that they have helped to bolster peace and project Calabar.