For the Sex hawkers operating at Pedro Hotel in Azikiwe Street in Mile 2, Port Harcourt City Local government area of Rivers State, it will be a bad night if Christians are allowed to hold a vigil in the premises of the hotel, Thursday night
For this, on Thursday, they they took their protest to the streets over plan by the hotel’s manager to force them to attend the night vigil.
For all they care they are not ready to turn a new leaf, and so they are not ready yet to embrace the Christian faith which abhors prostitution.
It was learnt that the sex hawkers became angry with the manager when he insisted that every occupant of the hotel must join the night vigil or their rooms would be padlocked until the vigil was over.
The manager who did not mention his name while he was shouting on the ladies said he has been shifting the date of the vigil to accommodate the ladies’ view, adding that nothing will stop him from postponing the vigil again.
He noted that the night vigil was for the interest of the ladies and the business, stressing further that any lady who failed to attend the vigil would see the other side of him.
However, it was gathered nobody was in support of the plan to host night vigil in the hotel.
According to sources, the manager was approached by a Pastor who made him to believe that hosting a vigil with the ladies will increase God’s blessings and prosperity on the business.
It was learnt that the ladies have made their intention clear that they are not going to attend the vigil, adding that the choice of worshipping God is in the hand of the individual which cannot be forced upon.
One of the sex hawkers, who simply gave her name as Rose, said they have talked to the manager that such plan cannot work because they are in the business which they cannot leave to attend night vigil.
She said they are not against night vigil because sometimes some of them worship their God and also attend night vigil when it pleases them.
Rose said: “The manager is just wasting his time, we are going to see what would happen tonight, we are here for business and not for some religious patronage. By tomorrow we are going to pay our rent because we pay him every Friday of the week.
“How do we cope to meet up with our rent? If we attend night vigil tonight is he going to allow us to stay in the rooms without payment. Another question I want to ask is that are we going to leave our customers at the room who have already paid for daybreak, so it is not going to happen.”