by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese-cum Adamawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Reverend Dami Mamza, has said that, if we continue to use religion to divide Nigerians, then, the problem will be endless.
He noted that “As Nigerians, we must think of Nigeria first before our religion, tribe, or region,” and urged the masses not to allow politicians to use religion to divide them for their selfish interests, and called for religious tolerance amid economic and security hardships.
Bishop Mamza stated this, while briefing pressmen at the Catholic Secretariat in Yola, in preparation of his 25 years as a priest and 10 years as Bishop, and reiterated that, “only Nigerians can solve the problem of this nation.”
While stating that, his services as a priest are concentrated on preaching peace and peaceful coexistence aside from his message of salvation, the Bishop urged Nigerians to cultivate the attitude of religious tolerance for the overall interest of the nation.
The cleric emphasized that, the forthcoming 25th priestly ordination celebration as well the 10th anniversary of his ordination as a Bishop is a journey that has been smooth so far, and returned all thanks to God for seeing him through the years.
The celebration will be on the 13th of April, 2021, at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral Yola.
In another development, as part of his 25 five years Episcopal Anniversary and ten years as Bishop, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza had an interaction with children at Saint Theresa’s Cathedral Jimeta.
According to him, the reason why he had time to interact with the children was “because Jesus Christ is the lover of children; hence the need for every church leader to love them,” and expressed delight to have the children around him.
The cleric, who described the presentation on Memory Verses by the children as excellent and brilliant, added that seeing them like this means there is better and brighter future ahead.
While saying that, interacting with them reminds him of his childhood days; but added that, during his days, he could not have the opportunity or privilege “like this children,” and called on parents to always watch and bring up their children in God’s own way.