By Simon Ebegbulem
GOVERNORS Godwin Obaseki and Seriake Dickson of Edo and Bayelsa states, have called for prayers for political leaders across the country in the face of prevailing economic hardship.
The duo said that with persistent prayers and commitment from all Nigerians, the challenges before the nation are surmountable adding that Nigeria is blessed with both human and material resources to surmount her challenges.
They stated this in Benin City at a thanksgiving service to mark Governor Godwin Obaseki’s one year in office, yesterday, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Also present at the colourful ceremony were the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun (represented by his Deputy, Chief Yetunde Onanuga), Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his Niger Delta Counterpart, Pastor Usani Usani.
Others included former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele, business mogul, Captain Hosa Okunbor, Senate President, Bukola Saraki (represented by Senator Francis Alimikhena), party chieftains and others.
Dickson said governors who are always on hot seat as a result of the economic recession need the prayers of the citizens to lead the people through the right way.
Said Obaseki: “I thank God almighty for his guidance of my family, for members of my cabinet, member of our great party. I appreciate members of the clergy who have prayed for our state and people for the last one year for the success of our administration, they have prayed for the peace and tranquillity of our state, the Lord has heard our prayers.
¨Exactly one year today, my deputy and I stood in this arena to take our oath of office knowing full well that God almighty will protect us and our state and ensure that peace will reign in our land. I can fully say that God has been faithful to us.”
¨Today is a day of thanksgiving, a day to be grateful for all the Lord has done for us, we will continue to count our blessings, why should we not count our blessings haven gone through a very difficult elections, the tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court? And through all of these steps, we were victorious.’’
In his address, chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Oyonude Kure called on the governor to build on the legacies laid by his predecessor, Oshiomhole. “You must consistently involve God throughout your tenure in office and in all that you do. Always make sure you are on the Lord’s side and Lord on your side. Put your heart very close to His chest always and always remember that you are a child of God and “God’s servant Governor,” he said.