Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has called on clergymen and their wives to continue to show godly examples by the quality of their lives.
The Governor made this call while addressing a gathering of clergymen and their wives at the just concluded EFAC Nation convention in Port Harcourt.
The Governor who expressed satisfaction at the support and cooperation he had received from the Christian community in the state pledged to continue to conduct the affairs of the state in such a manner as to justify the confidence reposed on him. He insisted that it took God's intervention to make him the Governor of the state even when it was practically impossible from human perspective. “The church prayed for me to win the election and today, I have won the election”, He particularly praised the Anglican Church for her role in actualizing his political ambition.
Governor Amaechi posited that while God expects all mankind to live righteously, the demand for godliness is not negotiable as far as clergymen are concerned. This according to him derives from the fact that they are close to God, they teach people about God and the Bible is the day to day literature they make use of.
The governor called on all Christians to be law abiding citizens of the state noting that it was God who established civil governance. While all citizens are subject to God, in the same way, the church and her membership owe it as a responsibility to obey the laws and guidelines issued by the state. “As a Christian, I submit completely to the authority of God even as a Governor, but you should know that especially where the laws of Government does not directly contradict your Christian tenets, you must submit also to the authority of Government”
He reminded the clergy wives to be aware of their influence and contribution to the ministry of their husbands. He urged the clergy wives to use such influences positively in order to contribute to the success of their husband's ministry.
Governor Amaechi insisted that the church is the first point of call in the teaching of civic education is the church and he urged the church to be alive to her responsibility. He insisted that people's faith in the clergy must not be abused.
The governor also made a donation of a car gift to EFAC Nigeria to facilitate the operations of the secretariat. He also called on all the people present to support the building and equipping of the EFAC National secretariat in Abuja.
Earlier in his address, the immediate past National Chairman of EFAC Nigeria His Grace the most Rev'd. M.O Akinyemi outlined the activities and achievements of EFAC under his leadership. He informed the gathering that the fellowship has secured about 7 acres of land in Abuja for a retreat center and National secretariat. He called on all well meaning members of the fellowship to support the secretariat project.