Governor of Ebony State, David Umahi, has appealed to churches not to join the bandwagon of those spreading hate speeches across in the country.
Umahi, at the 2017 Father’s Day celebration by the Christ Embassy in Abakaliki on Sunday, pointed out that hate speeches were capable of igniting war in the country.
He said, “We need to pray for our nation.” The governor went on to admonish churches, pointing out that war is not a good thing.
Umahi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, added: “I want us as a church not to join the bandwagon of such spreading of hate. No matter how much you are despised or maltreated, the word of God still tells us to show love.
“Those who are beating the drums of war have not witnessed war before. If there is war, the church will no longer come together; I believe with our prayers, we can avert every plans of the devil.”
Umahi also used the occasion to encourage the people not to depend so much on government but to work hard to overcome the economic challenges facing the country. He urged Ebonyi indigenes and settlers to take advantage of his administration’s empowerment schemes by engaging in productive ventures.
The governor also advised those who are making it big in various fields to carry others along, pointing out that such behaviour would help in the propagation of the gospel.
“We need to work hard. The economy is not getting better. Of course, that’s what the Bible says. We leaders get text messages everyday telling us that ‘we worked for you; we made you to be governor; we made you to be commissioner; we made you to be this and that. We want opportunity to serve.