By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday described Most Reverend Bishop George Dodo, “as a pillar that promotes peace, unity and progress of the state.
Governor el-Rufai on Friday expressed this when he paid a visit to the residence of Bishop George Dodo, a Catholic Bishop of Zaria in Kaduna State.
He stated that, Bishop Dodo is not just the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese, but as the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna, he is a pillar that promote peace and unity and progress in the state.
According to him, “the Bishop is someone I have great respect for. I’ve not visited him for a while, he indicated that he wants to come and visit in Kaduna, but since we are here in Zaria, that is why we decided to come and see him to pay our respect to listen to his counsel and also receive his continuous support and intervention to promote peace and unity in our state.”
El-Rufai said that, as elections are just by the corner, “he appealed to all religious leaders to encourage their people to make the right choices to give them civic education, which he said he knows the Catholics Church is doing very well.
He also appealed to other religious organizations to do the same.
” The most important thing is for people to be educated and be enlightened to make the right choices not to say this party is better than that party but what determines what is good leadership and then people can make their choices this is my appeal to everyone.”
He added that, “as we approach 2019 elections there would be mischievous politicians that will try to create tensions, it is our duty to work together with our religious leaders and community leaders to create peaceful atmosphere in the state.”
Speaking, Bishop Jonathan George Dodo said “I am happy to have somebody of his status to come to my humbly house for a visit, it is quite a long time we sat together.”
Dodo described the Governor’s visit “as a statement of fact, that he recognizes the position of a religious leader, and there is nothing wrong to visit religious leaders to share some ideas and to get some words of counsel and at the same time assurances of prayers.
In an interview, Dodo said, “my encouragement to him is that he should do everything humanly possible guided by the spirit of God and by the wisdom of God to make everybody in the state feel that they have a father in him.”