Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has appealed to residents of the state to pray for the unity and prosperity of the country.
He also said there is a need for the Church to find a dependable leader who can unite all denominations within the state and Nigeria at large, for the greater good of both the state and the nation.
Mutfwang made this plea on Saturday during the Valedictory Service of the Anglican Bishop of Jos, Most Rev. Benjamin Argak Kwashi, held at the Anglican Diocese of Jos, Church of Nigeria.
The Governor also recognised the role of the Church in rebuilding the nation, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare and called for sustained efforts in these directions.
Describing Bishop Kwashi as a “repository” of Church history, Mutfwang underscored the importance of deliberate coordination within the Church in Nigeria to provide clear direction of peace and unity of the nation.
The governor also canvassed the establishment of a Museum of Church History in the state.
“The aim is to acquaint the next generation with the significant role Plateau has played in the growth of Christianity, not only in Nigeria but globally.
“I want to extend our gratitude to the people of the state and to God for the privilege bestowed upon us to lead the state, as this is as a result of divine affirmation”, he added.
In his remarks, the Anglican Archbishop expressed gratitude for his 31 years of service in the Vineyard, during which he nurtured and trained approximately 20 Bishops.
He attributed his ministry’s success, in large part, to his wife, who he said shaped his life and character.
Reading from the Book of Matthew 5:33, Bishop Kwashi encouraged believers to prioritise seeking the kingdom of God, promising that everything else would follow suit.
He lamented the commercialisation of worldly activities and emphasised the importance of doing things right rather than compromising values for personal gain.
Bishop Kwashi expressed his deep appreciation for the support and positive impact he has received from the people of the state and his friends worldwide, offering prayers for abundant blessings upon them.