Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa and Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have said that Godly upbringing of children will position Nigeria for a greater future, even as they observed that instilling the fear of God in them will ensure that future generations desist from acts which are inimical to the society.
The two leaders made the declaration, on Tuesday, July 07 2015, at the birthday and thanksgiving ceremony of the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Mrs Amaechi Mrakpor.
The event which took place at Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South local government area of the state, was also used to dedicate the King Jesus & I Ministry’s Covenant Alter of Testimony.
In his address, Governor Okowa specifically admonished parents thus: “as parents, let us learn to build a good foundation for our children, foundation based on the teaching of God, foundation that will last forever.”
Speaking further, the Governor said, “The only way to build a lasting peace is for our parents to return to God and with that we build a better future for our family, Delta State and for Nigeria.”
He described the building of alters to God as very good as it positions the individual to serve God, asserting, “by the time you build an alter for God, when you are going wrong, when you are going against God and you remember that the alter exists, you correct yourself and do the right thing.”
While congratulating Hon. Mrakpor, Governor Okowa urged politicians to make the society a better place by being Godly in their activities.
Also speaking in the same vein, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara stated that Nigeria will be a better country with prayers, even as he added that the country can be exalted on account of prayers.
According to him, “if Delta State is to be exalted, if Nigeria is to be exalted, it will be on account of prayers. If you pray for your Governor and national leaders and for righteousness to reign in the affairs of the state and the nation, it will reflect on the citizens and we need proper moral upbringing of our children”
The House of Reps Speaker asserted that private alters are like a place of sactuary for those who are troubled or attacked spiritually, adding that without a private alter a man is makes himself very vulnerable to all kinds of spiritual and destiny reversing attacks that are sent against him, but with an alter he has the power to fight and fend off such attacks.
Dogara said, “These are uncommon times and when we hear of the uncommon happenings, our hearts will begin to fail us. All we need is prayer that is why covenant alters like this one is very necessary in the lives of the nation.”
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Arch-Bishop God-Do-Well Avwomakpa, who delivered a sermon at the occasion, observed that teaching children the words of God was necessary as it will still the fear of God in them and guide them to away from actions that would incur the wrath and anger of God.
He said, “If as parents, we do not teach the children, they may not know what angers God”, adding that it was important to give to the Lord, as givers never lack.
The celebrant, Hon. Evangelist Onyemaechi Mrakpor, who narrated the touching story of her journey towards discovering and embracing Christ, as well as her motivation for politics, thanked the congregation at the ceremony, disclosing that the triple celebration was borne out of the need to celebrate God’s goodness to her, members of her family and her constituency.
Dignitaries at the occasion included Delta State members of the Federal House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, Victor Nwokolo and Julius Pondi, other members from Edo, Kaduna and Bauchi states, as well as some members of the Delta State House of Assembly led by Speaker Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, former Deputy Speaker, DTHA, Rt. Hon Basil Ganagana and newly appointed Commissioners in the state including Dr. Kingsley Emu (Economic Planning) and Hon Joyce Overah (Science and Technology), Traditional rulers and top statesmen and women in the state, amongst others.