By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has tasked all well-meaning Nigerians and religious leaders to sustained prayers for peaceful co-existence, and unity in view of the current security challenges and ethno-religious sentiments ravaging the country.
He also called on Nigerians to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed in his efforts piloting affairs of the country to the promised land
Bello made this call while receiving in the audience members of a religious body, The Kingdom Network, an Interdenominational Organization comprising members from across all the states of the Federation who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House in Lokoja on Tuesday.
Bello lamented that the spate of insecurity, kidnapping, banditry ethnic issues are totally unacceptable, stressing that Kogi State is more secured and more prosperous despite the threat.
“Nigeria today as we have it, there are a lot of problems starting from insecurity, kidnapping, banditry division along ethnic and religious lines and other issues that divide the country.
“However, we will continue to pray for the country,” the governor said.
“And I want to sincerely appreciate all the pressures that has been mounting on me women, from youths across the country, pressures mounted on by the leaders across the country, pressures mounted on me from the religious leaders. Pressures mounted on me the leaders from low and mighty, pressure mounted on from various political party to run for 2023 presidential race-I appreciate all of them.
“I am made by Almighty God to face pressures. I know the tasks ahead and God is going to show us the way. I know Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is going to be better.
“We will continue to pray for him and the leadership that is going to emerge on 2023 to make Nigeria great.
Earlier, the leader of delegation, Kingdom Nework, Acrhbishop Peter Ogieriakhi commended Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello for various achievements
“We have seen for ourselves the eloquent testimonies of your receptive disposition towards all good-minded religious groups. This glorious audience is one of such eloquent testimonies. We are also aware that you have abridged every religious, regional and ethnic gaps in the state. We say thank you and as a body of Christ, we urge you to carry on in this Godly Spirit.
“We, are before the happy presence of Your Excellency today as part of our obligations to the good people of Kogi State in general and to Your Excellency in particular.
“As believers, we have the mandate to commit leaders into the able hands of God for proper directions and wisdom. So in addition to interacting with Your Excellency, we are here to lift you to heaven in prayers. No leader succeeds without God,” the clergyman stated.