Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta state has urged religious leaders in the country to be agents of change by showcasing acts capable of stimulating societal development rather than preaching prosperity.
Okowa said this on Sunday at a Thanksgiving Service to mark the end of the 2022 Rehoboth Convention of the Honour World Christian Assembly in Asaba.
The governor is also the vice-presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He noted that when religious leaders radiate the virtues required of them, there would be spiritual growth which is necessary for the advancement of the gospel of the kingdom of God.
“Religious leaders should speak more on holy living rather than prosperity, your sermons have the tendency to cause positive changes in the lives of the people and society.
“We are in a very troubled nation and there is a lot of confusion in our troubled nation, and people are getting worried.
“But, even in our troubled Nigeria today, in spite of the fact that we have challenges also in Delta State, one thing is clear that we appear to be more peaceful than most other states in the country.
“And, l tell people that it is not about Okowa but about the grace of God upon the state. I have consistently called on our fathers in the Lord to pray for our state continuously and l know that it works.
“Other people may believe that it is by their power; it is not by anybody’s power. If it were to be so, Katsina State wouldn’t be as troubled as it is today because that is the home state of the president of the country.
“The grace of God is very effectual and it has led us thus far. So, l want to call on our father in this church and the church members to continue to pray for our state and to continue to pray for our country.
“I believe that what truly makes a good church is the beauty of the heart, Nigerians should embrace God wholeheartedly.” The governor said.
He then promised to support churches in other to advance his vision for delta stat