The leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi State chapter, has congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello for marking the second year of his second term in office.
Speaking at the leaders’ meeting in Lokoja on Thursday, the State Chairman of CAN, John Ibenu praised Bello for hs respect for religious institutions in the state.
The Christian leaders commended Bello for infrastructural development across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“We thank God for how far He has helped us so far. It is our prayer that God will make the future far better than the past.
“We wish to commend the government for the visible development that are on ground among several things that has been done. The upgrading of hospitals and developments across the three senatorial districts, the taking off of the Confluence University of Science and Technology.
“We want to commend the government for the continuous keeping at the front burner the security issues of the state. We want to commend the state government for not only being pragmatic but proactive about the security of lives and property. The challenges are still with us, but we are aware of the efforts of the government
“We commend the government. As we have always done, we will continue to give our best support, to the best of our ability and to the best of our involvement
“It is our prayer that will God grant our collective dream for bringing Kogi state together, especially with the diverse nationalities that make up Kogi state. It is our prayer that we remain united, be more focused, work together and be our brother and sister’s keeper, and support government for a better future.
“We also want to commend the governor for his respect for religious institutions and for his support to both Christians and Muslims to work together and to work in our different levels to make sure that our people understand the God that we serve, and promoting peaceful coexistence. We commend him for the enabling environment to continue to do so,” he said.
Bishop Ibenu noted that Kogi state is very strategic, being at the centre of the nation.
He prayed that God bless the state with ample resources to cope with its ever growing population.
“It is no news that Lokoja in particular is one of the ten fastest growing cities in the whole world. We are praying that God will open the door for the government to have money to put of ground massive infrastructures that will cope with the population explosion that is going on. We commend the government for how they are using the resources to the best of their abilities to cope with what is going on.
“We want to let the government know that it will continue to be in our prayers, according to First Timothy chapter two verse one to three, and we pray according to Second Samuel chapter twenty three where the Bible says that he that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
“Let us practice justice, equity, fairness and let us walk with one thing in mind that at the end of everything, we will give account of all we have done unto God.”