PANKSHIN – Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau State on Thursday commended members of the clergy for their role in enthroning peace in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
The governor gave the commendation in Pankshin, Plateau, at the Episcopal ordination and installation of Michael Gokum as the first Catholic Bishop of Pankshin Diocese.
The ceremony was held at the Pankshin mini Stadium.
Jang said that since the time crises started in the state more than a decade ago, clergies had been using their offices to promote peace and unity among the people,
“It is in recognition of their laudable contributions to the entrenchment of peace in our nation that the government always associates with the activities of the clergies,’’ he said.
The governor said that apart from offering intense prayers and fatherly counsel to governments and people of the country, the clergies had been supportive on all sides.
He called on the people of Plateau to be God-fearing and to pray for total restoration of peace in the state for meaningful growth and development to take place.
The governor expressed the hope that the insecurity challenges facing the nation would soon be a thing of the past, saying, “Our God neither sleeps nor slumbers.’’
Also speaking, the Archbishop of Jos, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, said that Nigeria was on the path of socio-economic development in spite of the security challenges it was facing.
The installation of Gokum attracted many clergies across the country, government officials and well-wishers from in and outside Plateau. (NAN)