by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – News of the release of Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Plateau State, has been received with excitement by the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, who made his expression known during the week. Rev. Polycarp Zongo was abducted by ISWAP last year in October.
The governor said “The release of the clergyman and other abductees is an answer to the prayers of the Church and other people of goodwill, which affirms that God does not abandon his people even at difficult moments.”
He praised all those, who played various roles in facilitating the release of the clergyman, as well as those who showed concern to the family and the Church, saying this is the solidarity and humanity that is needed to overcome the insecurity and intolerance in the country.
While wishing Rev. Zango well as he recuperates from the emotional and physical trauma he has undergone, Lalong also urged him to remain strong and use his ordeal to encourage and motivate the people towards their trust in God and respect for humanity.
He also sends his special goodwill to the family of Rev. Zongo, the COCIN family and its President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri, urging them to continue to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the nation and intercede for other people in similar circumstances as well as upholding the security agencies as they continue to battle the insurgents.