From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
His Royal Highness, the Kpop Gwong, Retired Col. Paul Z. Wyom, has glorified and exalted God for the development of Gwong chiefdom and its people in recent time.
He gave the gratitude in a message through Mr. Saleh Katuka, the traditional council secretary to a thanksgiving service last Sunday, organised by the Interim Management Council Chairman, Jema’a local government, Dr. Bege Katuka.
The Kpop Gwong traced the history and development of the Chiefdom and achievements of its sons and daughters in public and private institutions within and outside the country’, and summarized by stating “To God be the glory, because we are not the most educated, wise or powerful, but the love and grace of God made us to grow”.
Speaking particularly to Dr. Bege Katuka and generally to all sons and daughters of Gwong Community, the Kpop Gwong applauded them for their achievements. However, he charged them to do more, saying: “Gwong people are known for being God fearing, peace makers, bridge builders, patriotic, sacrificial in service, honest, just, hard-working and courageous. These virtues should be sustained; they are secrets that endear us to any types of government”.
He solicited for patience, prayers, support, cooperation and good counsel to all strata of leadership for the wellbeing and prosperity of the country.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Bege Katuka, the organizer said the thanksgiving service was meant to glorify God for his abundant grace and protection over his life, from conception, birth, education and position he attained.
Dr. Katuka appreciated his parents for the care they gave him and leading him to Christ, who has been his pillar, especially at difficult times.
The Jema’a IMC Chairman also thanked Senator Caleb Zagi, who dragged him into Politics, some of his Muslim friends, Classmates, who were in the service and Engineer Joseph Chiroma, his model, who have all impacted positively on his life.
He urged clergymen to stick to their divine roles, pray along the will of God for the nation, especially for those in leadership and the wellbeing and prosperity of the country without compromising for earthly gains, as they have been called to be the light and salt of the world.
Promising to discharge his duties in honesty to the best of his ability, Dr. Katuka called for prayers, useful advice, blessings, support and cooperation to enable him and government at all levels to render quality service to God and humanity in general.
Engineer Joseph Chiroma, a Manager with the Power Generation and Transmission Company of Nigeria, in a closing remark on behalf of the community, said to achieve positive change, there must be human development to bring about physical development.
He counselled the youth to have the quest for education and skill empowerment that would enable them to be self-reliant and less dependent on government for white-collar jobs that are at present very scarce.
Engineer Chrioma appealed to Nigerians to support the present government at all levels, in their determination to revive the economy and other sectors for the prosperity of the country.
Rev. Peter Mairiga, ECWA Tanda Dogo, where the thanksgiving was held said thanksgiving was mandatory for all Christians in every situation, good or bad, for the glorification of God.
Reading from the Holy Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the Cleric said apart from mandatory thanks to God, Christians were commanded to rely solely on God to be empowered to rejoice always and be able to face challenges of hunger, corruption, unemployment, poverty, insurgency, disease at any perilous times. With assurance of victory and speaking on the theme, “Giving thanks in perilous times,” Rev. Mairiga tasked members of the public against idleness, laziness, idolatry, prayerlessness, pointing these are evils whose practitioners become victims of eventually.
The thanksgiving service also featured songs to the glory of God, special prayers for Dr. Bege Katuka and his family and good will messages. Important personalities who attended the occasion included traditional rulers, religious and political leaders, within and outside Jema’a local government like Alhaji Musa Waziri, IMC chairman Kauru local government, Rev. David Aruwa C.A.N Chairman Jema’a L.G.A, APC executive from local government and the state levels.