By Aaron Ossai
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged Christians in Northern Nigeria to imbibe the spirit of unity, forgiveness and continuous prayers for the nation and its leadership.
He made the call during the official inauguration of the Congress of Northern Nigerian Christians under the leadership of Professor Adamu Baikie in Kaduna on Saturday.
Hon. Dogara, argued that unity is the most difficult challenge facing the church at the moment and that it was for nothing that Jesus Christ prayed for the unity of the church even at the point of crucifixion as recorded in the Book of John 17:20-23.
He cautioned against emphasing denominational supremacy over and above the unity of the church because Jesus Christ wasn’t a member of any of the denominations saying, “anyone who is not fighting for the unity of the church is fighting for the division of the body of Christ.”
Speaking on forgiveness, Hon Dogara noted that, “forgiveness was commanded in the scripture. You’ve to have the capacity to forgive before you can also receive forgiveness.”
“As a church we must be prepared to forgive. We must, if we forgive, what worries us will not worry us again. That is why I fully identify with the vision of the founding fathers of this congress.
“My charge to the founders of this congress is that they should continue to work for the unity of the church and if the church in the north is united the church in Nigeria will also be united”, he added.
He also called on Christians to continue to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the Nigerian nation. “We call on all of us to pray for this nation. God has a purpose for Nigeria and no one can defeat God’s plans until it is fulfilled.”
“I urge you all to continue to pray for the leadership of this nation from the top most; the President to the least political office holders. It will be well with Nigeria”, he further stated.