ByÂ SamÂ EYOBOKA
THE Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has charged Christian traditional rulers across the country to avoid religious segregation against adherents of other religions but rather â€œlet them learn, through your ways to develop a large heart. Nigeria is a big country; the national body of Christian traditional rulers should be a bridge builder across the country,â€ he said.
He gave the charge at the inauguration of Delta State chapter of Fellowship of Christian Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (FECTRON) at the Convocation Centre of Foursquare Gospel Church, Warri, under the leadership of His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri while describing the inauguration as â€œa memorable day in Delta State and Nigeria.â€
In his speech read on his behalf by his Special Adviser on religious matters, Rev. Godspower Agbuduta, Uduaghan said the inauguration â€œcomplements our efforts as a praying state.
In all we have done so far, we are always consciously placing it before God and asking for His grace. The Lordâ€™s blessing has taken us this far and we will continue to lean on Him.â€
Expressing delight in the response of the traditional rulers to the inauguration and affirming confidence in its outcome to better the state, the governor said: â€œWe are confident that this coming together will deepen the trust, love and understanding among our traditional rulers,â€andÂ encouraged them to â€œbuild on the brotherlinessâ€.
He hoped that the inauguration will â€œdeepen peace, security, good governance, love, understanding and harmonious co-existence among the people of the state and the nation at large.â€
Also speaking at the occasion, the National Co-ordinator of FECTRON, Mr. Gbenga Adegbenro, challenged the rulers to positively impact their subjects by seeing themselves as instruments of change and good governance.
He denounced the dehumanizing practices and fetish traditions promoting vices like violence, bloodshed, human trafficking, ritual killings and others, describing them as â€œabuse of human lives and grave dishonour to human values.â€
Citing example of King James of England , who was said to have ordered the translation of the Bible into English from its original tongues, as a ruler who left enduring legacy to the world, he challenged them to direct their efforts towards the promotion of justice, fairness, selflessness and leadership by example.
About 30 traditional rulers in the state attended the inauguration along with their chiefs and queens, as well as some of their royal friends from Rivers and Edo states.
Also present were the president and chairman, Delta State chapters of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigerian Labour Congress, members of the state House of Assembly and over 250 attendees.
The fist monthly meeting of FECTRON, Delta State chapter, was immediately fixed for October 15, to be held at the palace of the Olu of Warri.