Kwara State Deputy Governor, Elder Peter Kisira, has urged Christians to continue to play positive roles in sustaining peace and progress of the state and the nation in general.
Elder Kisira stated this Sunday in his keynote address delivered at the 50th and 25th anniversary of Emmanuel Baptist Main and English Churches celebration in Ilorin.
The Deputy Governor charged Christians to sustain the impressive tempo for continued peace in the state.
He commended the Church for its prayer, moral support and spiritual backing especially to government programmes and activities.
Elder Kisira noted that the full participation of Christians in government programmes of recent like the two-day conference on security and peaceful co-existence in Nigeria organised by the State government had helped it’s to pursue the art of governance without distraction.
The Deputy Governor added that “the Church has maintained a consistent and enviable record of cordial relationship with the government and cannot forget in a hurry your prayers, your moral support, spiritual backing and when need be, physical participation in government programmes, to demonstrate solidarity and unalloyed support to government.”
He admonished the Church not to relent in aggressive evangelism, Church planting, nurturing and mentoring programmes, promoting song ministrations activities, provision for the needy and vulnerable as well as ministering to the needs of the immediate environment through provision of social amenities like health, education and entrepreneurial schemes.
Elder Kisira commended the Church for its growth, development and progress recorded so far urging it not to relent in meeting the needs of the people all the times.
In his goodwill message, the President Kwara State Chapter of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, Reverend Victor Dada praised Emmanuel Baptist Church for it’s growth spiritually and physically urging the Church not to relent in the propagation of the gospel.
Reverend Dada noted that the Church had not lagged in its callings and obligation to the Baptist Conference both morally and financially.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Kwara Baptist Conference, Reverend Shola Olayinka felicitated with the Church on its anniversary charging it to sustain the tempo of evangelism.
Speaking on behalf of the parent body of the Church, the Pastor in charge of First Baptist Church, Surulere, Ilorin, Reverend Solomon Gbenjo commended the tremendous spiritual and physical growth of the Church.
In his sermon titled “the flying eagle” Reverend Ademola Ishola charged the Church to be dedicated, flourish and remain steadfast in the propagation of the gospel.
Reverend Ishola urged Christians to be active in church programmes and activities and read the Bible regularly to be example and win souls for the Lord.
The service that witnessed rendition of special songs and special prayer for the church, the State and the nation was attended by important personalities within and outside including the wife of the Kwara State Governor, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed.