The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has stressed the importance of the Church in educating the people in the society.
Governor Lalong made this known while declaring open the 2nd Annual Conference of Chaplains of State Houses holding at the Government House Chapel, Old Government House Rayfield.
Gov Lalong, who was represented by the Honorable Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Irimiya Werr reminded religious leaders to exercise their divine mandate of telling the truth in the society and particularly speak the truth to those in power with with utmost caution and sincerity.
Gov Lalong however frowned at the situation where religious leaders have resorted to the propagation of hate and the spread of fake information must be avoided in the interest of Peace and unity, stressing that Religious Leaders can not afford to politicize the pulpit and make it a platform for attacks which according to the Governor ends up weakening the Church and bringing the Body of Christ to disrepute.
Gov Lalong urged Chaplains in Government Houses to shun sycophancy and the attempt to bury the truth for monetary or other gains as such actions end up putting the society in more danger because those in leadership positions are denied the truth that is needed to guide them in serving the people at all times.
The event had prayer sessions led by various ministers where participants prayed for Nigeria’s 61st Independence, Peace, Economic prosperity, Political activities from now till 2023 among other very important prayer point.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam while speaking on ‘the Role of the Church in The Increase of his peace all over Nigeria’ pointed out three key things that must be done by the clergy, especially those serving in Government Houses in order to achieve peace. These include the following:
1. Politician must be advised to link their ambition to God. It is only God that gives power.
2. Encourage the spirit of prayer.
3. Clergy must take their responsibilities seriously: Chaplains have the duty to pray for their Governors, the Government and Nigeria; for the progress of the country.