By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has expressed readiness to work with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) in the state for the development of the state.
Governor Sani Bello said the state would be made a better place if all stakeholders like the Christian Association of Nigeria participates in adding values to the overall interest of the state without any primordial interest or sentiment.
He spoke through his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Solomon Nyaze who stood in for governor Sani Bello at the inauguration of the new executives of the CAN.
He advised the new leadership of the Christian body in the state to ensure that all Christian faithful across the state key into government’s programmes and policies especially for peaceful coexistence of all.
The governor congratulated the new CAN leadership and urged them to work with the state government especially now that the country was going through trying moments with grave consequences on security of lives and property.
“As issues of security are now the order of the day, we expect that CAN would help the state to have a peaceful and orderly society”. We want to have a cordial relationship between the government and all stakeholders like CAN. I assure that the present administration is committed to foster peace for all in the state” he said.
He appealed to the new leadership to shun sentiments and bigotry on issues concerning security and peaceful coexistence.
Chairman of CAN for North Central zone, Reverend Israel Akanji charged the new leadership to work in furtherance of the ideals of Christ and forge unity amongst Christians and other faiths.
He tasked them to work harder to add more on the building blocks for peace and unity in the country.
Reverend Mathias Echioda who retained his position as Chairman of the association in the state said in his remarks and acceptance speech, assured the Christiandom in the state of better association and focused leadership.
The Chairman mooted plans by the association to build a Christian College of Education in Niger state to further grow the religion of Christianity and sound education for a better Niger state.
He urged Christian faithful in the state to be more God fearing and dedicated in service delivery to the state for the good of all.
While appealing to the state government to be fair and just, Rev. Echioda pledged to partner the administration in the state to forge unity amongst all citizens.
Ten new executives were inaugurated to pilot the affairs of the association in the state.