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Christians write Ortom on COVID-19 spread

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Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Benue State chapter, has expressed deep concern over the spread of COVID-19 in the state. In a sympathy letter signed by its chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva, and secretary, Rev. Jonathan Ugbede, CAN said it was particularly bewildered when it got to know that the governor’s family members, including wife, Dr. Eunice Ortom, and his child tested positive for the virus.

According to them, the positive status of some top government functionaries, including the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tony Ijohor (SAN), and Chief of Staff (CoS), Mr. Terwase Orbunde, is baffling.

“The infection of members of the first family and some top government functionaries in the state is a great setback to the Benue people and equally catastrophic, even as their desire has been to serve the people of the state. We are aware that their major worry is not the infection, but their inability to serve the Benue people at the moment.

“As a church, we are touched by the psychological trauma you and the entire state have been enveloped in. But as part of our responsibility, we have intensified our prayers to seek God’s intervention and we strongly believe that God, in his infinite mercies, will definitely heal them to enable them continue with the good works/services to the people of the state,” the letter stated in part.

CAN further urged Governor Ortom to have faith in the God he serves, as “Our God does not disappoint.”They advised the governor to be encouraged that “before a strand of hair falls from one’s head, God knows.”

CAN, therefore, assured Benue people that Christians were solidly behind him in the fight against COVID-19 and with sustained prayers they would win.


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