By Augustine Aminu
As the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) schedules to begin the 15th biennial convention in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Uja Tor Uja, has advised Nigerians to always believe in themselves and the country.
According to him, “We Nigerians must appreciate the Almighty God for all the good things He has bestowed on this great nation of ours.”
Uja gave the advice over the weekend in Makurdi while speaking at a meeting with all Benue state pastors and church leaders in preparation for the PFN convention.
The NCPC boss said if Nigerians believed in the country and appreciated what God had blessed her with, “we will begin to think and focus on developing her so that other more prosperous nations of this world can respect us.”
He said the country was facing many challenges because Nigerians had not taken it upon themselves to “come together, reason together and do the right thing the right way all the time.”
Uja also urged the church to make the right decisions and to always pray for the safety and progress of the country.
He said: “Our nation is facing many issues, among which is the choice of decision, and I believe that the church, especially as led by great men of God, can make a decision for the safety of the nation.
The church must, among other things, face the issues of poverty, development, education, governance as well as the spiritual; all these issues must be addressed by the church in its activities.
“What is important is for Nigerians to believe in God and believe in Nigeria. Each person in our land is designed to have two nations in the land – the nation in Christ and the nation in Nigeria. It looks to me that our confidence in Christ is shallow and our belief in Nigeria is absent. Many people believe they are prisoners in Nigeria, but Nigeria is God’s creation and a nation that is destined for great things. All nations were built by people and we can also build our nation.”
He appreciated God “for all He has done and is doing in the life of Nigeria,” even as he advised that “it’s important to wait on the Lord.”
One of the church leaders, Bishop Civir Chianson, in his remarks, offered prayers to the Almighty God asking Him to give the NCPC boss “problems that are beyond the ordinary level,” saying that “that is the only way God will lift him higher and prosper him.”
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