- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has called on Nigerian Christians to pray for Nigeria
- He says the prayer of Christians have been sustaining the nation and keeping it over the years
- Okowa says Delta has seen prayers as the only source of success, hence it is a key aspect of its programmes
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ofo Delta state has urged Nigerians to pray for the country and her leaders, saying that with prayers, Nigerians could be assured that God will continue to see the country through the many challenges besieging the nation.
Speaking in Lagos at the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) 9th Founder’s Day Annual Lecture and Awards Ceremony, the governor noted that but for the prayers of Christians in Nigeria, nobody could tell where Nigeria would have been today.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by his commissioner for information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, commended The Bible Society of Nigeria for its efforts at propagating the word of God and making it available to all Nigerians.
According to the governor: “For us in Delta state, we believe in prayers because it is part of the cornerstone of our faith. There is no doubt that but for the prayers of the children of God, given what the country has gone through, we could have been worst off."
He told Christians that the time of being passive observers is over, stressing that it is time for them to become active participants in the process of governance, adding: "Join now and make a difference by virtue of who you are. Nigeria needs you now more than ever before. Stand up and be counted.
“The Bible Society of Nigeria has been doing a great job in the propagation of the word of God. Please don’t relent. The enormity of the social and moral challenges of today makes it imperative for you to continue the good job for a better society and country."
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Ayo Opadokun, challenged Christians to wake up to the reality of the day by providing sound and godly leadership for the country.
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In his lecture titled: “Mono-Economy: Antithetical To National Growth And Development”, Pastor Bayo Olugbemi traced the economic path the country has gone through in arriving at the recession point. He urged Nigerians to work assiduously for the diversification of the economy.
The General Secretary of the society, Richard Dare Ajiboye, enumerated the various efforts and plans of the BSN in translating the Bible into indigenous languages and called on all Nigerians to support the efforts of the body in making the Bible available in as many languages as possible in Nigeria.