Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has urged Nigerians to be more united in confronting the challenges facing the country.
Governor Uduaghan at an inter-denominational thanksgiving service to mark the 54th Independence Anniversary of the country/dedication of a new Government House Chapel, Asaba, also ruled out imposition of his successor.
Dr. Uduaghan observed that despite the current security challenges facing the country, “Nigeria has every reason to thank God for keeping us together as one the country.”
He admitted that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has its challenges, which according to him could easily be surmounted with unity of purpose and cooperation of all and sundry.
The Governor noted that through divine intervention the Federal Government under President Jonathan in spite of the spate of insurgency has succeeded in recording marked improvement in the living condition of the people.
“With the President leading the operation we have effectively tackled the Ebola disease, let us all join hands and support him on all issues so that the country can achieve the desired greatness,” he said.
“We as a people of this nation should always remember President Jonathan in prayers and join our hands with him to lead the country to its destination.
“The country is passing through a lot of challenges and insurgence but God is turning things around for the better in order to restore the country’s respect and glory,” he said.
Uduaghan ruled out imposition of a successor on the state, “only God will give power to an individual, God alone will decide who will take over from me and I know that God will not allow a Governor that is not God-fearing and will come and destroy this chapel that we have dedicated to him today to govern our dear state.”
The Delta Governor also said that Deltans on their part have every reason to thank and fear God, noting that over the years, the people have overcome different challenges by the grace of God.
“We have got to the stage where God has a place in the activities of this state and we all know that in the last seven years God has been respected and feared by this administration. So if you are aspiring to rule this state you must fear God,” he said.
Archbishop God- Do -Well Avwomakpa in a sermon taken from Psalm 34, observed that the state government has made giant strides in the areas of provision of infrastructure, especially, the completion and dedication of the Government House Chapel, which he described as a legacy that would outlive any government.
“The Chapel is the greatest achievement of Governor Uduaghan’s administration; successive government will always come to the chapel to seek the face of God on issues affecting the state,” the cleric said.
He urged the people to always praise God, stressing, “praise Him when it is convenient, praise Him when it is not convenient, praise Him when you have enough, praise Him when you do not have enough, it is praise that will pull down the blessings of God”.
High point of the occasion which was attended by people of all works of life was the dedication of the Government House Chapel by Arch-Bishop God-Do-Well Avwomakpa who was assisted by other Ministers of God and witnessed by Governor Uduaghan and other top government functionaries.