by Christians Gokyo, Jos
The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, Rev Dr. Yakubu Pam, has called on Berom Community Association, Lagos, BECAL, “to be united and pursue their dreams as a people and not to live fake lives.”
He asserted that, “Fake life kills, and does not represent the truth about a people and as a community;” they should imbibe the virtues of good, harmonious living and shun criminality to gratify their selfish desires.
Rev Pam gave the charge in a message delivered at the third edition of ‘Wusal Berom’ in Lagos State recently (which started in 2018) aimed at bringing Berom sons and daughters, who are residing in Lagos State, undertaking different jobs to honor God and fellowship with one another.
Rev Pam, who spoke on the Topic, ‘Building The Walls,’ charged them to respect and honor their host community as it will not only go down well with them but expose them to better friendship and understanding.
He said people are what they are because of certain things that have been deposited in them by God, urging that they must ensure they unite and relate with other people to attain lofty heights.
Rev Pam, who was Guest Speaker at the annual non-denominational service of BECAL, took his text from the books of Nehemiah (3:17) and 1 Corinthians (3:10-13) and stressed on the need for unity, relationship, and respect.
He said building a dream entails avoiding building individuals but the people, insisting that “This attitude destroys the very essence of togetherness and kills the destinies of many.”
According to the NCPC boss, “It’s criminal for people to carry the dream of people to build an individual. Unity is essential in building a community just as Nehemiah did during his time.
“The dream of the Berom people will not die, if we come together as one, and avoid building individuals.”
He asserted further that, “If the Berom must succeed as a people, we need to honor those that are ahead of us – like Nehemiah did.
“Nehemiah built a strong relationship with people and got favor from the king, who was not a Jew, and when he made one call, people came out to help in rebuilding the walls because he was not a selfish leader.
“If we must succeed as a people, we must learn to build relationships with people outside of the land to push our agenda forward. This relationship helps a lot. When we have good friends, it will help us as a people.
“Education is not important in building relationships but a good relationship does. When you respect relationships, people will respect us. So, we the Berom people must learn to relate with others and have good friends. It is sad to see the hatred we have developed against one another, which is hindering our growth,” he noted.
Rev Pam retorted, thus: “As a people, we need to build bridges of unity, cutting across the board; and it’s not building with blocks but building with shared responsibility.
“Everyone has a dream,” he said, adding that, he sees a brighter future for all Berom people, and sees especially sons of nobody becoming somebody tomorrow and “people will respect you because there is something in you.”
The NCPC Executive Secretary noted that, “People are known for what they are. In the building, we know people when they are tested and, who can stand the test of time.
“However, it’s sad some people don’t even know their purpose of existence on earth. The Berom people must know the reality of our present-day existence and know what they stand for and must ensure they build relationships with other people all over.
“We are here today. I want to see Berom ‘Mandelas’ and the ‘Obamas’ of our time; and the time has come that we shall see the Berom make it in life. It’s time to build your dream. Be a man from today,” he enthused!