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Senate President urges churches to pray for peace

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has appealed to churches and Christian leaders in the country to keep praying for Nigeria’s peace and sustainable development at all times.

The Senate President, who expressed these views at the second session of the 15th synod of Anglican Diocese of Kwara State held at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Ilorin, said that all Nigerians have a role to play in nation building and good governance.

According to him, such prayers are needed for the nation to overcome its socio-economic, political and security challenges.

As a spiritual body, I will further urge you not to relent in your prayers and intercession for our nation as we all do not have any other place to call our own. The National Assembly, the Senate in particular, we seek your support and the need to work together as our doors are opened for your advice and consultation. It is high time we embraced our unity in diversity, respect for one another, eschew that tenet that will divide us, he said.

Celebrating oneness

The Senate president, who was represented by his deputy chief of staff, Gbenga Makanjuola, also said that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if all Nigerians could work together and enjoined the citizenry to celebrate that which binds us together as people and as a nation stressing that Nigeria will be better place for all of us and generations yet to come.

Over the years, the Christian community in Kwara State has played a vital role in sustaining the peace, unity and coexistence of our great State, hence this has helped us as inhabitants to live and relate harmoniously even in the face if socioeconomic and political challenges. Several times, our peace and unity has been tested but to the Glory of God, we are still standing tall, he stated.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed said that current challenges facing the country were huge.

The Governor said that, with divine prayers, our collective will and determination, we shall definitely overcome them and make our country great.

Governor Ahmed charged religious leaders to continue to uphold virtues of love, unity, peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness, saying that they should encourage their followers to do same.

In his charge at the synod, with the theme Finishing Strong, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kwara, Most Reverend Dr Olusegun Adeyemi called on the Nigerian government to find amicable and long lasting solutions to, what he called, unnecessary bloodletting confrontation in Benue State among the State government, farmers and herdsmen.

Source: Voice of Nigeria