Read My Words, Go to Heaven, Leader Says

From Times Wire Reports

Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader told his nation’s youth to read his book three times a day in order to go to heaven, Turkmen television reported.

President Saparmurad A. Niyazov said at a concert to celebrate a national spring holiday that young people should read the Ruhnama, a book that dispenses moral and spiritual guidelines for the country’s citizens. “A person that reads Ruhnama becomes smart ... and after it, he will go straight to heaven,” Niyazov said.