Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has called on Christians to intensify prayers for the nation and serve as a tool for spiritual refinement, irrespective of their political or ethnic sentiments.
Akeredolu made the call at the 45th anniversary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and its 2021 awards ceremony.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, congratulated CAN for the anniversary.
Akeredolu, while giving assurance of his determination to fast-track development in every sector of the economy, appealed to the body to continue praying for the state and be their brothers’ keeper.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor called on CAN to assist government by adequately sensitising their congregation to the need for proper adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
“I want to enjoin you, as religious leaders, to continue sensitising your congregation on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 precautions.
“This will, in turn, help curb the spread of the virus, especially the new Delta variant,” he said.
Speaking, the CAN Chairman in Ondo State, Rev. John Oladapo, charged Christians to be ambassadors of Christ and be trustworthy in every sector they found themselves.
Pastor Moses Ajayi, Chairman of the Awards and Honours Planning Committee, said that the association was grateful to God for a successful programme.
One of the highlights of the event was the conferment of awards on Akeredolu and other personalities who have distinguished themselves in different endeavours.