Gov. Dickson Task Nigerians on Forgiveness, Patriotic Service

Create: 04/17/2017 - 06:44

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has renewed his call on Nigerians to sink their political and religious differences and work together to promote the collective interest and development of the country.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has renewed his call on Nigerians to sink their political and religious differences and work together to promote the collective interest and development of the country.

The Governor made the call at the Easter Cantata programme organised by the state government to mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House in Yenagoa. Describing Easter as a special season of love and sacrifice in Christendom, Governor Dickson urged Christians to reflect on the life and times of Jesus Christ who paid the supreme price to save mankind and put His teachings to practice in all their dealings.

He emphasised the need for Nigerians particularly Christians to forgive one another and work for the peace, stability and development of the country as there cannot be any meaningful progress in any society where hatred and unforgiveness hold sway. 

Governor Dickson, who read the only bible lesson of the service drawn from Mark 16:1-7, expressed gratitude to the church, other leaders and people of the state for their support and prayers without which, he noted, his administration would not have achieved its current level of achievement. He, however, called on them not to relent in their support as there is still so much work to be done to take the state to enviable heights where its slogan,"The Glory of All Lands", would become indisputably evident in all spheres of life.

His words: "The Easter season us a special season of love and sacrifice in Christendom. We must therefore rededicate ourselves fore more service and make all necessary sacrifice and support worthy causes to make our nation and state truly great. We must learn to forgive one another just as Christ did by paying the supreme price
with His life for our sake.

"Let me again use tgis opportunity to thank you all the people of our great state, who have been standing by us. I thank you because without your support and prayers, we would not have achieved this much. We've done a lot by the grace of God. "But there is still so much to be done, going forward. So, we still need your prayers and support. And I assure you that by the grace of God, things will continue to turn around for good and Bayelsa will overtake in so many areas because it is destined for greatness and glory. But we won't attain much of our destiny, if we fail to come together and work."

Speaking on the topic, "They Made Sure, But Could not Stop Him From Rising", the Deputy Chaplain, King of Glory Chapel, Rev. Godspower Asingba, charged Christians to remain fearless in the midst of challenges.  According to Rev. Asingba, just as the Roman authorities and their Jewish collaborators could not prevent the resurrection of Jesus Christ, so will every true believer ultimately triumph over every temptation and challenges of life.

The King of Glory Chapel Choir, Restoration Choir, St Luke's Anglican Church Choir, Trinity Voices of Redemption Ministries Obogoro, Friday Konyefa Foundation Choir and Bayelsa-born soloist, Mr Butonghaye Geku performed at the cantata. Dignitaries who graced the event include, wife of the Governor, Dr Rachel Dickson, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah ( Retd), Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Konbowei Benson, Chairman, State Traditional Rulers Council, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Amb. Godknows Igali and Chief of Staff, Government House Yenagoa, Rt Hon. Talford
Ongolo.