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Abia Justice Forum holds prayers to enthrone democracy, promote good governance in state

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Abia Justice Forum holds prayers to enthrone democracy, promote good governance in state
By Steve Oko
Abia Justice Forum, AJF, has organised an interdenominational prayer to enthrone democracy and promote  good governance in Abia State.
Wawa News Global reports that the event which held Friday, May 26,  at the Assemblies of God 5-8 Item Street, Umuahia, was attended by Christians from across the state including Abians in the diaspora.
In a remark, National Chairman of AJF,  Bishop James Grand Okocha, said that the Non Governmental Organization that promotes justice and good governance,  was prepared to partner with the in-coming administration in the state to make Abia a truly number one state in the country.
” We will partner with Otti in all areas to bring development and justice to the people of Abia State”, Bishop Okocha declared.
Bishop James Grand Okocha
Bishop Okocha who decried the bad influence of anti-democratic forces in the governance of the state, noted with delight that the emergence of the Governor -elect, Dr Alex Otti, would herald the dawn of a new beginning in the state.
The cleric who expressed optimism that God had remember Abia for good, however urged Christians not to relent in praying for the state.
He said  that darkness would never be allowed to overshadow the state.
Bishop Okocha enjoined Christians in the state to be united in their prayers and support the righteous leaders, emphasising that righteousness exalts a nation.
Bishop Okocha urged accomplished Abians especially those in the disapora to bring part of their investments home to help re-jig the state economy.
In a sermon, the District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Umuahia Central District, the Rev. Dr Henry Emelike, said that church had vital role to play for good governance to thrive in the land.
He challenged clerics in the state to always  stand for the truth and courageously speak truth to power.
The Rev. Emelike noted that the eruption of joy across the state following the declaration of Otti as the Governor -elect, was an indication that he was the popular choice of the people.
He said the presence of God would be restored to the state if ” we maintain our relationship with God”, regretting however, that some clerics sing the praise of political office holders instead of telling them the truth.
Earlier, the host Pastor, Rev. Young Alozie, said that Abia Government had floated without God’s presence, adding that the emergence of Otti, signalled the return of God to the state.
He declared that the era of wasting the resources of the state on ‘strangers’ while the people starved was over, urging Otti to govern with the fear of God if he must last in power.
In a goodwill message, a US -based patron of AJF, Dr Emmanuel Ihim, said he was delighted to see redemption coming to Abia at last.
He promised to bring investment to the state through AJF, declaring that Abia’s glorious era has come.
In a remark, former Minister of State for Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Dr Uche Ogah, said that God had turned around the captivity of Abia State.
Ogah who was represented by Kingsley Oriaku, said that Abia would never return to bondage and political servitude again.
He also urged Christians to stop referring to politics as a dirty game but actively participate for the enthronement of good governance.
The former Minister solicited the continued prayers of the church for the state and nation at large to stop the hijack of power by political touts and evil men.
Coordinator of AJF in the United States of America, the Rev. Emmanuel Ike, said Abians in the diaspora were excited to see light at the end of the tunnel in the state.
Ike and Rev Amaugo
He expressed optimism that Abia would experience boom in all frontiers in the months ahead, while assuring the commitment of the diasporan community in advancing the cause of the state.
The State Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Rev. Chikezie Elekwa, represented by the PFN Secretary, Rev. Blessing Amanabo, regretted that Abia had been a mockery for too long.
He expressed hope that Abia would henceforth remain the number one both alphabetically and in terms of real development.
It was an exciting moment when in the course of the prayers and church service, a bird like a dove flew inside the church and perched on the head of a chorister, thus throwing the congregation into a joyous celebration.
In a remark, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Abia State, the Rev. Emmanuel Agonmuo, said that anti-democratic forces holding Abia down  had been making desperate efforts to stop the inauguration of Otti.
Apostle Agonmuo
According to him, those behind the plot have been shopping for a willing Judge in the North and South West who would collect money and grant a kangaroo court injunction to stop Otti’s swearing-in.
He urged Christians not to relent in prayers until the man chosen by God and massively elected by the people, was finally sworn in on Monday to steer the state craft.
The cleric, however, declared that no matter how much the enemies tried, they would not be able to triumph, as Christians had irrevocably resolved to ensure that darkness did not prevail over the state again.
He disclosed that church leaders in the state had been visiting the entry points and Abia boundaries to declare emancipation  and the beginning of a new dawn.
The CAN boss further urged men of God to also contest for political offices so as to get higher platforms to effect the needed change in society and expand righteousness.
Speaking also, former President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, who chaired the event, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, decried the deplorable condition of Abia State, and noted that Christians had crucial role to play in enthroning justice and good governance.
Mazi Ohuabunwa and his wife at the event
According to him, nothing will work in the state until Christians rise to the occasion, adding that gone is the era when Christians shied away from politics.
” When our eyes were blinded, we were told that Christians should not be involved in politics but thank God that now, our eyes are open to see that Christians have a role to play for good governance to be enthroned”.
Ohuabunwa who contested for the PDP presidential ticket, urged Christians to sustain their prayers for the state and the Governor-elect until “the Abia of our dream is actualised”.
He  strongly supported the call by CAN for Christians to be actively involved in partisan politics, arguing that until righteous men are on the throne, nothing will work well in any society.
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