Delta State deputy governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro has charged Ijaw ethnic nationality to go into intimate relationship with God to enable them benefit more from the natural resources bestowed on their land.
Barr. Otuaro made the call at the 19th Izon Day of Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving organised in Warri by the Izon Christian Fellowship, Delta State chapter.
He lauded the group for launching a spiritual attack on the forces working against the overall good of the Izon nation and pledged to provide logistics and other things needed to embark on the evangelism of Christ to all Izon towns in the state.
He said any community that enthrones Christ as its head cannot suffer physically and spiritually, pointing out that the only way to break through was by total acknowledgement of the supremacy of the Almighty God.
He urged all Izon indigenes to work as a team in breaking the jinx of underdevelopment and deprivation, advocating that peace and tranquility was needed to make meaningful progress.
In a sermon on the theme of the programme, ‘A New Name,’ Bishop Raphael Amaruntowa of the Church of God Mission, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, called on anyone in position of thrust to leave enviable legacies that would outlive them.
Bishop Amaruntowa blamed the underdevelopment in Izon land to the proliferation of idols, insincerity on the part of those in the corridors of power and other stakeholders, and advised the people to lean on God for intervention.
He advised religious leaders to use their sermons to correct ills in the society, emphasising that unmerited praise singing and sycophancy should not be traced to men of God.
The state chairman of the Izon Christian Fellowship, Reverend Emmanuel Imeleye said the cardinal goal of the annual event was to cross fertilise ideas on the progress made so far in the propagation of the gospel and sued for the support of all in making donations towards this year’s crusade slated for all Izon communities in the state.
The open air thanksgiving featured prayers for the Izon nation, the state and the country at large.

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