Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has called on members of
the Christian Association of Nigeria to commit President Bola Tinubu’s
administration in prayers.
Uzodimma made the appeal at the Secretariat of CAN in
Owerri, during the flag-off ceremony for the distribution of rice to the five
South East States on Tuesday.
The governor thanked God for his mercies that made it
possible for the people to overcome the challenges of 2023, noting that 2024
will be a lot better for all.
He recalled that on May 29, 2023, President Tinubu
introduced some reforms meant to recover the economy and reduce hardship in the
country, strengthen the Naira, grow the economy, create jobs for the unemployed
and generally make Nigeria great again.
“Though some of those policies came with initial pains, like
the high cost of items in the market, the policies are meant to address these
“Towards the end of last year, the Federal and state
governments distributed palliative materials in Imo state, doing their best to
send the materials to the nooks and crannies of the state. 80 per cent of
people living in the South East are Christians, and so Christmas celebration is
taken as a solemn festival,” he said.
The governor, who expressed the President’s commitment to
ensuring the well-being of the people, emphasised the significance of providing
relief and other support to citizens, particularly during the festive season.
He explained that of the truck loads of rice that came to
flag off the distribution, neither came from the State nor Federal Government.
Rather, these are personal donations from President Tinubu to Christians as
gifts to the South East.
The governor said that he decided to involve Imo State CAN
to ensure seamless distribution since all Christians in the zone are under the
umbrella of CAN.
However, he said that the Imo State Government would support
CAN with the logistics to convey the truckloads of rice to all the South East
States of Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo.
In his welcome address, the CAN Chairman in Imo, Rev. Eches
Eches, commended President Tinubu’s efforts in providing for the welfare of the
He also described Uzodimma as “a caring lover of God and
mankind, who promotes the interests of Igbo people on the national stage.”
Eches further commended Uzodimma’s commitment to uplifting
the Christian community within Imo State.
NAN reports that the five CAN Chairmen of the South East
States presented him with a gift of an African Study Bible in appreciation of
what the Governor had been doing for the people and the Church.
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