By Ogor Emmanuel
UGHELLI/Nigerian: The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has agreed that the security situation in the country is worsening, and called on Nigerians to pray for the country.
The two made the call Sunday, at the third session of the 8th Synod of Ughelli Diocese of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion held at Bishop Agori-Iwe Memorial Church, Ughelli. On security.
The Governor said it was a tough issue in Nigeria currently, but assured that he would continue to do his best to secure Deltans.
“Thank God that there has been a change of guard at the federal level with regards to heads of security agencies and I believe it will bring a new strategy and solution to the current security challenges bedeviling the nation,” he said.
He charged every Nigerian to support the state and Federal Government with prayer to address insecurity and other challenges.
On his part, Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who attended the service, joined Governor Okowa in calling for prayers to address insecurity in the nation.
He said that the country was in perilous times, adding that it could get worse with the death of Chadian President, a strong ally in the fight against insurgency.
“These are perilous times and it could become worse before it gets better.
“There is a likelihood of influx of illegal arms and more insurgents into the country with the death of the Chadian President, Idris Derby, who did his best to secure the Nigerian-Chadian borders.
“Security is a collective responsibility and not that of government alone; I therefore call on the Church to continue to preach those things that will bring love and unite Nigerians rather than those things that will divide the country further,” Omo-Agege stated.
Earlier in a sermon, Rt. Rev’d Johnson Ekwe, Bishop of Niger West Diocese of the Anglican Communion, commended Governor Okowa for his meekness and commitment to the course of humanity.
The Bishop who spoke on the theme: “We are Christ fragrance unto God: A critical examination of the Christian life,” urged Christians to live a pleasant life, like a sweet smelling fragrance rising up to God.
He said a true Christian must possess good character of humility, meekness and sacrifice which Christ epitomised.
“Politicians and those in authority must live a selfless life to serve the interest of the people they are leading,” the cleric said.