Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd) has enjoined the Church to continue to pray for Nigeria, given the current happenings in the political arena of the country, stressing that national interests must always override personal interests.
He said this when The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, paid him a courtesy visit at the Banquet Hall in Government House, Yenagoa.
The deputy governor also condemned in strong terms, the recent abduction of the Bishop of the Niger Delta North and Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Ignatius Kattey in Rivers State, saying that the act is barbaric.
He also intimated his visitor, that Bayelsa State Government has legally declared November 02 every year as a Thanksgiving Day in the state to underscore the importance of God in the current Restoration Government of the State.
Earlier in his speech, The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, disclosed that the Niger Delta West Diocese of the Church was hosting the Standing Committee Meeting of the Church for the first time.
According to him, the Standing Committee Meeting of the Church, holds every six months to do a self-examination of the Church and also a review of the state of the nation from the perspective of the Church, given the fact that both the church and politicians, minister to the same group of persons, Nigerians.
He also expressed profound appreciation to the State Government for the warm reception accorded the leadership of the Church as well as facilitating the successful hosting of the Standing Committee Meeting in Yenagoa.
Dignitaries present during the visit include; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Head Service, Sir Frazier Okuoru, Commissioners, Chairman of the State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Israel Ege as well as the Chaplain of the Government House Chapel, Rev. Doutimi Egbegi.