- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state wants religious bodies to intercede on behalf of Nigeria in prayers
- The governor said God's intervention is needed in the affairs of the country
- The Delta state governor made the comment when he received very senior religious leaders in his office
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday, November 25 charged religious bodies to embark on intercession for God to intervene in the myriads of challenges bedevilling Nigeria and the global economy.
According to a press statement from Delta government seen by Legit.ng, Governor Okowa made the comment when he received a delegation of the national executive of the Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba, Nigeria, who paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Okowa said that a lot of support was needed from the Christian bodies in tackling the problems of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, coronavirus pandemic and recession which, he said, needed prayers for God to reverse the ugly trend.
According to him, the present economic downturn in the country was due to the second wave of COVID-19 which he said has negatively impacted on the global economy, adding that there was a need for everybody to obey all protocols that would curtail the spread of the virus.
“I also believe that as we discuss issues around COVID-19, we should pray for our nation, Nigeria.
“We believe that spiritual impact on our nation is actually required to take us out of where we are and the more we begin to know our God and rely on Him, the more our people get to realise that we must be our brothers' keepers as God has instructed us to love our neighbours as ourselves.”
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Supreme Knight, Order of the Knight of Saint Mulumba, Nigeria, Sir Diamond Ovueraye said that they were in the state for the 41st annual convention of the Order.
Sir Ovueraye said that the five-day programme would enable them to deliberate on issues of poverty, insecurity, unemployment and senseless killing of innocent citizens.
He added that intensive prayers would be offered to God to heal the wounds in the country, pointing out that Nigerians should look up to God for answers to their problems.
Recall that Governor Okowa recently identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on Thursday, August 27 at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta state at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.
He thanked religious leaders for their prayers for the state and the people, stressing that with the policies put in place by his government, brighter days lie ahead for the people.
To ensure his promise to Deltans is kept, Governor Okowa on Friday, August 28 inaugurated the state’s economic council, with a charge to the members to institute strong, credible and enduring platforms for diversification of the economy, including enhancing business competitiveness.
The governor urged the council made up of seasoned experts to proffer viable alternatives to building strong public/private partnerships, formulate policies and practices that promote institutional transparency and accountability.
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