DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has advised Christians to give more to God instead of engaging in elaborate post-thanksgiving reception.
The Governor gave the advice over the weekend at the Christ Anglican Church, Umunede, during a special thanksgiving service and dedication of church hall cum children chapel donated by the member representing Ika North-East in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Anthony Elekeokwuri.
According to Governor Okowa, “the actual thanksgiving is what we do for the Lord, not what you do after coming to the church for the thanksgiving.”
“We must know that whatever we are was made possible by God,” the Governor stated at the service which was attended by retinue of legislators from within and outside the state.
He added, “I must congratulate Hon. Elekeokwuri for the church hall, we must always remember our beginnings; with the church building, both the church and the community are happy and I thank our traditional rulers for ensuring that their communities are peaceful which has ensured that I am not distracted in what I am doing.”
The Governor further said, “Times are tough and the solution can only be found in God, we should pray for our leaders and we shall indeed, prosper; peace is the first thing a man desires and it is my hope that God will give Nigeria peace, give peace to our state, give us peace as individuals that we might continue to do our best for our state.”
Hon. Elekeokwuri at the occasion thanked God for His blessings and used the occasion to describe Governor Okowa as a man who talks less and acts more.
“We have a Governor that makes a lot of sacrifice, I can tell you that some of us got our official cars before he (the Governor) got his, he is a man who talks less and does more and we should continue to support and pray for him,” the law maker said.
Preaching at the occasion, the Bishop of Ika Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Peter Onekpe commended Governor Okowa for his support for the growth of the church, stating, “You are living proof that one can be a Christian and at the same time be a good politician.”
He decried situations where people holding political positions enrich themselves at the expense of the masses, observing, “if all the money that were said to be embezzled were used in this country, then indeed we would be a very rich nation.”