Speaking at the 50th birthday thanksgiving service of Justice (Mrs) Excel Timi at the Living Faith Church, a.k.a. Winners Chapel, Asaba, Governor Okowa decried situation where leaders of the country were blamed for the country’s woes without people working positively to turn things around.
The Governor attended the service with his wife, Dame Edith; the Deputy Governor, Barr. Burutu Otuaro; Senator James Manager (Delta South), Hon. Victor Nwokolo (representing Ika Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives); Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya and Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi respectively and a host of political office holders within and outside the state.
According to Governor Okowa, “Nigerians are in pains, everything appears to be going wrong, even the Energy sector appears to be going down despite our efforts to do it right, and our people easily apportion blames, insult people in authority.”
“The church has a role to play to turn things around,this is time to pray for Mr President, pray for those holding offices, our Leaders, the church should pray for our leaders, we need to pray more and we need to search our souls to find out why things are not going the way they should,” he said.
“I believe the church can turn the situation around, not Mr President, not Mr Governor; what is the church doing about counseling to those in authority?” The Governor queried.
He added, “we should intercede and fast for this nation, intercede and fast for our state; devote more time for our nation, engage in positive activities, God will answer our prayers if we will sincerely call on Him to turn things around”
Governor Okowa congratulated Justice Timi as she clocked 50 years.
The celebrant, Justice Excel Timi at the occasion, said, the birthday thanksgiving was to give thanks to God for His bountiful blessings in her life especially as she was diagnosed with sickle cell disorder at the age of 11, but has lived a fulfilled life beyond that predicted by man.
In his sermon, Pastor Samuel Johns observed that financial dominion was the heritage of those who lives in Christ, stating that even in the period of financial depression, those in Christ would come out of it stronger.
He called on Nigerians to create job opportunities rather than waiting for government employment.