Ibadan – President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) in seeking divine guidance to govern the country.
Jonathan said this on Monday in Ibadan at the 101st Annual Session and Centenary Celebration of the Nigerian Baptist Convention Mens’ Missionary Union (MMU) held at Molete Baptist Church.
Represented by an aide, Mr Moses Siasia, Jonathan said the centenary celebration came at a time when he was saddled with leadership responsibility.
He urged the NBC to use the opportunity of the centenary celebration to work for the growth and development of the country in line with his transformation agenda.
In his remarks, Dr Bawari George, the National President of the MMU, thanked Baptist men for their contributions to the growth and development of the Convention.
He noted that the MMU had made considerable efforts in the training and missionary activities of the Royal Ambassadors, another group under the union.
In a goodwill message to the occasion, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers said men raised in the Baptist tradition had made significant contributions to the progress of the country.
Amaechi’s message was delivered by Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication.
The governor said: “This is understandable because Baptist men have the heritage of spirituality, discipline and democratic principles.
“As Baptist men, I am sure that you know that your faith has no meaning if men and women cannot see Christ in the way you live your lives and the impact you make to your generation.’’
Amaechi noted that if the Church of God plays its role by speaking the truth in love and eschewing evil, there would be enough resources in the country to improve the lives of the poor.
The theme of the Centenary Celebration is: “Moving Forward: Celebrating and Renewing our Ministries.”