by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has called for more prayers for the peace and security of the State and the unity of Nigeria at large.
Governor Lalong said the recent unfortunate developments in the State have been largely contained, but more work needs to be done to prevent re-occurrence; hence the need for prayers and vigilance by all citizens.
While speaking in Shendam, when he attended Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception Shendam, on Sunday, Lalong thanked the Church for consistently upholding the Government in prayers and also offering advises and solutions to the challenges of the State, including insecurity.
According to him, the Church has also contributed a lot in educating citizens and sanitizing them towards embracing peace, promoting harmony and showing love to people of various backgrounds.
While reminded worshipers that security is a joint responsibility, which requires the collaboration of citizens, saying, “Government and law enforcement agencies must always unite against criminals.”
In his homily, Parish Priest of the Church, Rev. Father Michael Kelong, charged Christians to be alive to their duties as believers by showing compassion, mercy and consideration for one another.
He said lack of adherence to the examples of Jesus Christ – to love and respect the sanctity of lives – is responsible for most of the crises in the world.
The Parish Priest, Rev. Father Kelong, appreciated the governor’s visit to the Church and promised that the congregation will continue to uphold him in prayer as well as offer advice on matters that require counsel.
Member representing Shendam Constituency at the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Livinus Kwapfuan, and the Chairman of Shendam LGA, Hon. Alex Naantuam, accompanied the governor to the Mass in the Church.