By Sammeni Kamsobbi
The Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has tasked the Christian community to be one anothers keeper and work towards sustainable peace, unity and development of Adamawa and Nigeria in general.The Governor, made the call at the 2023 CAN lnterdenominational Independence Day service held at the ECWA Goodness Church, Upper Luggere Jimeta-Yola.
Christians, dressed in the Nigeria colour, demonstrated their spirit of patriotism and love as the country celebrate its 63rd independence anniversary.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, represented by his Deputy Professor, Kaletapwa Farauta encouraged the faithfuls to keep praying for leaders to perform and stand up for righteousness. He advised them never to be discouraged in the face of challenges, assuring the congregation of a better tomorrow, if only as individuals and groups will play a better role with all sincerity and patriotism for the realization of a new Adamawa and Nigeria.
In a welcome address, the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, Adamawa State Chapter, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza, reminded the congregation that they have every reason to glorify God for His love, grace and mercy upon Nigeria.
He said since Independence till date, each and every citizen have contributed in one way or the other to the oneness and development of Nigeria despite enormous challenges facing it as a nation, hence his call on Christians not to relent, but continue praying for religious, political among other leaders for the overall interest of the state and Nigeria in general. He challenged Christian leaders to live up to expectations, thereby working towards the realization of unity of purpose among the faithful.
Reverend Father Charles Danboyi in his sermon, said despite the diverse nature of Nigeria, the country has remained an indivisible entity for sixty three 63 years, a development he said is worth celebration.
He called on Christians not to be deterred by challenges, rather have faith and trust in God, for He is able to deliver Nigeria and Nigerians from current poverty, security and economic woes, encouraging leaders to always have their people at heart.
Reverend Father Danboyi, admonished Christians to pray and work harder, stick to the core values embedded in the country's national pledge and be patriotic, noting that by so doing the country will be great again.
"We all want and desire a better and great Nigeria. But we are all most often are very slow at working to achieve that greatness. Somehow we believe that Nigeria can be great by prayer and miracles and we can never underestimate the power of prayers. But have we forgotten that prayer without good work is dead? If we want our nation to be great then we have to work hard both collectively and as individuals to achieve it" Father Charles Danboyi said.
Prayers for peace, unity, end to security problems, corruption and economic challenges climaxed the service.