Diri tasks Christian leaders on unity
Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, has urged Christian leaders to promote unity and peace in the state and within the body of Christ.
Diri gave the admonition on Monday during a one-day Prayer Summit/Dinner for Izon Ministers in the state. Over 1,300 leaders from different Christian denominations attended the summit, which was the first of its kind.
The governor charged them to promote the spirit of brotherliness across Ijaw land for the common good. He also admonished the indigenous ministers to enhance stability and sustainable development not only in Bayelsa but also in the entire Ijaw nation.
He said: “When I was National Organising Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress, one thing I noticed whenever I travelled was that the Ijaw people lived in close settlements and, so, they were close-knit families across Ijaw land. But we are fast losing all of that.
“Unity is exemplified by the ants. When they come together, they become more productive. Let this continue to live in our hearts, now that you have come together as one body.”
The governor also spoke on the importance of forgiveness, which he described as one of the cardinal teachings of Jesus Christ.
According to him, the summit ought to mark a turning point for all Ijaw to take their pride of place in religion, politics and other spheres of life by exhibiting character worthy of emulation.
In his sermon, Rev. Tuesday Emmanuel of Doxa Family Church enjoined Izon ministers to strive to keep the bond of peace.
He noted that God commands his people to love one another, adding that one of the cardinal points that propel unity is character. He also urged ministers to propagate Christ rather than self.
In his remarks, the convener of the summit, Rev. Godspower Asingba, said the objective was to bring Christian leaders in the state together to foster unity and peace.
Asingba, who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs, noted that for a long time, ministers in the state had worked at cross-purposes. He said it is imperative that they work together in the interest of development of the state.
Intercessory prayers were offered for the state, the governor, his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and the Ijaw nation at the event attended by Apostle David Zilly Aggrey, Archbishop Willy Bunting, Rt. Rev. Funkuro Amgbare, Pastor Ken Bitere and others.