By Aminu Garko, Minna.
Former Senate President, Sen. David Mark has congratulated the new Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Oliver Abah.
The congratulatory message is conveyed via a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Paul Mumeh, on Monday in Minna.
Archbishop Abah of Benue Diocese defeated Most Reverend Amos Akindeko of Ogun Archdiocese in a keenly contested election, with 90 votes against 87, to emerge winner at the biennial conference of the Methodist Church on Sunday.
Mark, in the message, noted that the process of Abah’s emergence was a true test of participatory democracy.
He described Abah as an eminently qualified cleric to lead the people of God at this trying times when the Church was under siege.
He advised the prelate-elect to be magnanimous in victory by being a father to all, saying: “You need all hands on deck to lead the Church successfully.”
Mark urged the Church to redouble its efforts in intercessory prayers for God’s intervention, amid the myriad of socio-economic and political problems ravaging the nation.
He stressed that in spite of the daunting challenges, especially security issues, God was always able to deliver His people.
“I urge you not to be deterred but rather be spurred into more prayers for the peace, security and unity of the country,” he added.
Mark said that such commitment to prayers remained more than ever before needed, as the movement towards the 2023 general elections gathered momentum.
Archbishop Abah will be taking over the leadership of the Methodist Church of Nigeria from Archbishop Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche whose tenure ended on Sunday.