By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Governor Timpre Sylva has urged Bayelsans to learn to pray for their leaders instead of castigating them even as he canvasses support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sylva gave the charge while speaking at a “one million-man crusade” organised by the Reverend Uma Ukpai Evangelical Ministries at the open arena, beside the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Sani Abacha Expressway, in Yenagoa.
Tracing the governorship of the state from the time of Navy Captain Philip Ayeni up to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Sylva wondered why it took people time to realise later that the leaders are not as bad as they were portrayed.
“Rather than castigating and pulling down our leaders, we should learn how to pray for them as commanded by the Bible. We should join hands and move Bayelsa forward,” the governor emphasised.
Noting that no one can become a leader unless it has been ordained by God, Sylva charged the people of the state to open their hearts to the Lord and pray fervently for peace and progress in the state.
He prayed against strongholds and principalities and pronounced progress and blessings upon the state.
In his sermon, which was laced with testimonies and songs of praise, Ukpai urged Christians to recognise the power of God as the ultimate and pray for seemingly dead dreams to be resurrected.
He said while praying, Christians should ask for favour, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, stressing that anybody who has these blessings of God would not lack.
Ukpai urged the people of the state to shun violence and support the government of the day. He prayed against ancestral curses and begged God to give the people ideas, which, according to him, rule the world.
The priest disclosed that his ministry had built three colleges of agriculture across the country, pointing out that the fourth would be sited in Bayelsa State
Meanwhile, Governor Timipre Sylva says the time has come for the South South geopolitical zone to produce the next President of the country.
Sylva who stated this in Yenagoa said the zone had over the years played a pivotal role in the economic survival and political development of the country and, therefore, deserved to occupy the presidential seat.
He expressed appreciation to the Gooluck/Sambo Presidential campaign organisation for the effective communication of the unique qualities of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, saying such projection is crucial to the realisation of his 2011 presidential ambition.
Sylva assured the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation of the state’s support to enable Jonathan succeed in next year’s general elections.
“As far as Bayelsans are concerned, we totally support the Goodluck/Sambo ticket since Bayelsa is his home state,” the statement quoted the governor saying.