CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, OWERRI
As Christian faithful all over the world commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has urged Christians in the country to intensify their prayers for president Muhammadu Buhari.
The Governor identified prayers as a major factor that would quickly end hardship in the country, especially the economic recession which he identified as a national challenge.
In his goodwill message to all Christians, weekend, which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha, challenged the Christians to pray for the unity, progress and development of the country at all times .
The Governor said "as Christians celebrate Christmas to mark the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sincerely urged Christians in the country to continue to pray for the prosperity and unity of the country. He also called for prayers for the leaders at all levels in the country".
"The governor also asked Christians in the state in particular to pray more than they had never done before, for the good of the state and her people"
"The governor said, what Nigerians and of course the leaders in particular need to do now, is to unite and begin to build a country of our collective dreams and aspirations, since the leaders cannot afford to hand over to the next generation what we have at the moment as a nation, in which ethnicity, religious bigotry and zoning of political offices are still the orders of the day. He said Nigerians must endeavour to hand over to the next generation a united and prosperous nation, all the ethnic and religious groups can be proud of".
He appealed to all Nigerians respective of religion or ethnicity to remain committed in their support for President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, adding that the federal government and the APC meant well for the country .
Okorocha equally appealed to the people of the State to appreciate the glaring desire of the Rescue Mission Government to make the a state a model.