Idowu Olakunle, Abeokuta
Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has called on religious leaders in the state to always preach against the use of violence to settle disputes.
The use of violence to settle disputes, according to the governor, is not only counter-productive, but could lead to loss of human lives and destruction of property.
Abiodun made this call at the weekend, in his address at the 180th Anniversary of the advent of Christianity into the Aworiland, held at the Cathedral Church of St James, Ota.
He noted that it was time for the church to join government in speaking and condemning violence of any kind in the country.
Abiodun said, “the church is the conscience of the nation and the guiding light for any nation that desired development. The church is enjoined to work hard in its responsibility by condemning the use of violence in its entirety by any group to seek redress.
“Let us learn from the various violence in many parts of the country which had led to loss of lives and property, that ordinarily could have contributed to the socio-economic development of our nation”.
The governor further used the occasion to call on religious leaders to use their pulpits to preach a peaceful election process.
“I urged all of us to continue to rise to the challenge of our time and sincerely to the service of our God, our nation and fellow humans as no sacrifice could be greater than the one Christ did on the cross”, he noted.
Abiodun, however, urged Christians to take advantage of the celebration to rededicate themselves to the growth of the church, noting that it was imperative for all to demonstrate genuine love to one another, as this would make for complete and acceptable service as expected by God.
Nigeria, the governor added, would be a better place if people continue to have faith in God and imitate the works of Jesus Christ and the early Apostles.
He assured that his administration would remain unweaving in its commitment to the implementation of ISEYA Agenda by providing the enabling environment through job creation, infrastructure, education, security and youth empowerment.
“We are the Industrial hub because of Aworiland, the Agbara Industrial Estate is the largest in the Sub-Sahara. Aworiland and the entire Ogun West is our priority and our priceless jewel. It will remain at the forefront of our development agenda”, he enthused.
The governor listed some of the road projects executed in the area to include AIT-Ikola road, the on-going reconstruction of Sango-Ijoko-Agbado -Akute road, while work is at an advanced stage at Agbara-Atan road, which is regarded as the most expensive road project by the present administration.
The state helmsman promised to carry out palliatives on all deplorable roads in Ota in the next one week, just as an affordable houses and first class urban houses would be built in Ota very soon.
In his sermon, the Bishop of the Diocese of Awori Central , African Church, Rt. Reverend Sam-Akin Bamiselu, charged the Christiana to emulate the sterling virtues of the biblical fathers of faith by steadfastly adhering to the dictates of Jesus Christ .
Speaking on the topic, ‘Imitate their Faith’, Bamiselu, emphasised that fathers and heroes of faith in the Bible exhibited Christ-like behaviours and remained unwavering in their faith in God, amidst persecutions and temptations.
Highlighting Abraham, Lot, Moses, Abel, Jacob, Enoch and Noah as some of the fathers of faith with remarkable// achievements for God, the cleric pointed out that only christians who serve God faithfully will get divine rewards .
He described the 180th Anniversary of the advent of Christianity in Aworiland as a celebration which reaffirms the relevance of christianity to humanity