Fallen Ancient Tree ‘Resurrects’ In Imo state Nigeria

Fallen Ancient Tree ‘Resurrects’ In Imo state Nigeria

Palpable fear
has now enveloped the ancient community of Lorji in Aboh Mbaise Local
Gov­ernment Area, Imo State as the stump of an ancestral tree which fell
last year to the amazement of the entire members of the
community, has “risen up” throwing the people into panic, Sun reports. 
Penultimate week, precisely on May 7, 2015, the
shrine of the Alaukwu deity community became a tourist attraction as members of
the community trooped out in their large numbers to behold the mys­terious
“resurrection” of the tree stump, which fell last year and its trunk was
processed into planks. But people were surprised to see the stump that once
laid on the ground now standing upright.

Sunday Sun reliably gathered that it would have taken the efforts of
over 200 able-bodied men to lift the massive stump of the ancestral tree, which
rose back to an upright position. What was also surprising was that the roots
had mysteriously attached themselves back to the stump. 
A member of the community, simply identified as
Shedrack, who himself was amazed at the development told
 Sunday Sun that
some time ago that Chris­tians in Lorji under the aegis of Lorji Believers
Association had embarked on what he described as the cleansing of the land of
all ancient deities.

He further disclosed that during the cleansing
exercise, the Christians had cut down ancient trees suspected to be evil in all
the shrines across the entire community. But effort made by the Christian group
to cut down the ancestral tree at the Alaukwu shrine proved abortive as it
refused to fall. 
However, he pointed that the tree unexpectedly
fell on its own accord to the joy of the Christian group last year, and that
even the trunks had already been processed into planks while the massive stump
was left lying on the ground.

Shedrack further said that the entire community
was shocked to discover last week that the massive stump of the ancestral tree
was now standing erect. 
“Following the mysterious “rising” up of the
stump of the ancestral tree, there has been widespread fear that disaster looms
in the community as the people are now living in fear that the Alaukwu deity
may be on vengeance mission over the desecration of its shrine,” Shedrack said.

Similarly, one of the elders in the community
who only spoke to Sunday Sun on the condition of anonymity recounted how a similar ancestral tree of one of the deities fell, and claimed the lives
of many peo­ple in the community for alleged desecration of the land. 
But the Lorji Christian community has assured
the people not to panic over the alleged “rising” of the stump of the ancestral
tree as no harm will come to any member of the community, stating that deities
are powerless as they have been chased out of the land for good.

Evangelist Godpower Nwachukwu of the Mountain of
Fire and Miracles Ministries maintained that the power of God is greater than
the power of any deity including Alaukwu Lorji deity. 
“The power of God is greater than Alaukwu Lorji
and will nullify the power of Alaukwu or any other deity from wreaking havoc on
the land and her peo­ple,”
Nwachukwu said.

Meanwhile, Mr Chidi Nwa­madi, an agricultural
scientist at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, has
explained that the sudden rise of the ancestral tree was as a result of a
neutral phe­nomenon called phototropism. 
He said: “Since the stump is still attached to
the roots, the tree simply responded to the natural phenomenon called phototro­pism.”

However, what he failed to explain is how the
stump that was previously lying horizontally could now stand upright.
Everybody got to stand back on this one .

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