William Attah, Gombe
The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau, has called for fervent prayers for the Nigeria Army and other security agents to succeed in their assignment of tackling insecurity.
The Deputy Governor made the call during a Sunday service at the Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Artillery Regiment, Gombe.
He said the state of insecurity in the country has become so alarming that it has become necessary for all to support the security personnel in prayers for them to succeed in stabilising the polity.
According to him, “in Gombe, some of the soldiers are in Nyuwar, some are in Billiri, while some are in other places across the country. We need to pray for them, we also need to pray for widows and the orphans too”.
He noted the importance of peace and unity in any development just as he called on the people, especially Christians, to imbibe the spirit of unity and peace so that progress and development will be achieved.
The Deputy Governor, while quoting the Bible (Haggai 2:1-6) also challenged Christians to first put into consideration the work of God which includes building the place of worship and taking care of the widows, orphans and the needy.
In his address, the Commander, 301 Artillery Regiment, Col.John Mbanefo, advised the members of the congregation, especially the military to learn to trust in God and make God their treasure and shield.
He also called on them to shun fetish practices in trying to protect themselves, pointing out that God is the best protector and security.
He said within his short stay in Gombe, the Church had received attention and has been given a facelift, pledging to continue to assist in the project.
While appreciating the visit by the Deputy Governor, he described him as a humble, straightforward and timely personality who always puts God first in what he does.
Taking his text from the Bible (John 15:1-8), the clergyman in charge of the Church, Rev. Father Bisu Marcus Luka, charged the congregation to practice peace and unity in their families so as to build their families, the church and the society.