Osasere Erhahon, a National Youth Service Corps member, has turned to social media to alert his colleagues against the killing of pythons in Anambra State.
According Osasere, who serves in the Idemili LGA, warned his colleagues assigned to the Idemili North or South LGA on Wednesday not to kill pythons since they are regarded as representatives of their deity.
Osasere claims that those who kill pythons are always instructed to perform proper burial ceremonies for the reptiles, just as they would for a human.
“Those of you who will be running the service in Anambra, let me bring it to your notice that there are two local government areas called Idemili North and Idemili South LGA of the state where it is forbidden to kill pythons.
Yeah! You heard me right, they forbid killing it. If anyone does, you will conduct a burial ceremony (just like human burial) for the snake,”
“That’s the local government area I’m currently serving in. The attached picture shows the baby python I saw close to my lodge window few days ago while the other was the one I saw couple of months ago. Note, the indigenes don’t worship python but they conserve them and they are harmless snakes.
They will teach you the origin of the custom in the camp. They will post some of you here. God bless Anambra. God bless Nigeria”