Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has urged Christian leaders to promote unity and peace within the body of Christ.
Governor Diri gave the charge at a one-day Prayer Summit/Dinner for Izon Ministers in the state, which is the first of its kind, with an attendance of over one thousand, three leaders from different Christian denominations.
Governor Diri charged them to imbibe and promote the spirit of brotherliness across Ijaw land for the good of all.
He also admonished the indigenous ministers to work in peace and unity to enhance stability and sustainable development not only in Bayelsa but also the entire Ijaw nation.
The governor also spoke on the importance of forgiveness, which he noted was one of the cardinal teachings of Jesus Christ.
According to Diri, the summit ought to mark the turning point for the Ijaws to take their pride of place in religion, politics and other shperes of life by exhibiting character worthy of emulation.
In a sermon, Reverend Tuesday Emmanuel of Doxa Family Church enjoined Izon ministers to strive to keep the bond of peace, noting that God commanded his people to love one another.
He also urged fellow ministers of the Gospel to continue to propagate Christ rather than self at all times.
In a remark, convener of the summit, Reverend Godspower Asingba and Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs to the Governor, said the aim was to bring Christian leaders in the state together to foster unity and peace in the body of Christ.
The event which had in attendance Apostle David Zilly Aggrey, Archbishop Willy Bunting, Bishop Funkuro Amgbare, Daddy Ken-Bitere and others featured intercessory prayers for Governor Diri, his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and Ijaw nation.