BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA- ANAMBRA State governor, Mr. Peter Obi has charged Nigerians to seek divine intervention to tackle the various challenges confronting the country.
Speaking at an inter-denominational church service to mark the 53rd Independence anniversary of the country at Women Development Centre, Awka, Governor Obi regretted that Nigerians have failed the country in the way they attend to issues concerning their country.
According to him, in spite the huge resources that abound in the country, majority of Nigerians were still living in abject poverty, while the privileged few have been exploiting and amassing wealth.
He also lamented that some of the people in positions of authority have not shown commitment in seeking the face of God because of their unbridled and blind quest for money.
The governor said the Independence anniversary celebration was opportunity for sober reflection to identify the short-comings and chart a new course for a brighter future.
The state chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Bishop Ephraim Ndife, while thanking God for preserving the country, commended Governor Obi for giving the state focused and purposeful leadership and touching many lives since he mounted the saddle.
Bishop Ndife enjoined people of the State to pray for a successful election that would produce credible and dedicated leader to pilot the affairs of the State.
In a homily, Reverend Father Peter Akaenyi of Awka Cathedral Diocese, who noted the high level of instability in some parts of the country, observed that over sixty percent of Nigerians were still illiterate and more than that were unemployed.
Reverend Father Akaenyi who described government as God’s way to maintain public good and direct affairs of men, urged those in position of authority to imbibe strong and impeccable moral character.
He said the State had been transformed under Governor Peter Obi as God had used the Governor to show that good governance and dedicated leadership was possible in the State