Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Thursday night urged the citizenry not to relent in their prayers for the sustenance of the peace being enjoyed in the State even as the State prepares for its gubernatorial election next year.
The Governor made the call at the 2013 service of Carols and Lessons held at the Government House Grounds, Ado Ekiti, saying that he believes in the potency of the prayers of the citizens who at last year’s Carols service prayed God to make 2013 a year of fulfilment.
Governor Fayemi stressed that Ekiti State has experienced positive developments in the outgoing year in spite of some challenges it encountered in the year.
He expressed optimism that 2014 would be a year of miracle that will propel Ekiti from being a struggling State to a triumphant state which is buoyant enough to meet all the needs of the citizenry.
“There is a lot to thank God for in Ekiti. Though we encountered tribulations and challenges, the year is also a year of fulfilment in many ways. Last year, I urged you all to pray for peace in Ekiti state and we all did. We have largely had a peaceful year in Ekiti and we must thank God for that. We must not stop to pray for peace especially as we move towards the election year.
We know there might be some problems but we know our God is able to do everything. 2014 will be a year of miracle, expansive peace, harmless peace and fulfilment. Ekiti must move from just a struggling state into a triumphant state and one which provides functional jobs to the youths and meets the needs of the people in an effortless manner”, he said.
The Governor while urging tolerance among the people stated that the foundation of the forthcoming election in the State is the peaceful attitude of the people towards one another, saying that development can only thrive in a peaceful society.
Fayemi had earlier with his high baritone voice led the State Executive Council in two carol songs while the Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu and wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi also led the Forum of women in Politics (FoWiL) in a carol song.
In his sermon, the Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ekiti province 1, Ola Adejubee, had urged people not to forget the purpose of Christ’s birth because of the multiplicity of the celebrations that follow the festive season.
Special prayers were offered for the State by the retired Bishop of Akure Diocese of the Anglican communion, Michael Ipinmoye at the event.
Last modified: December 20, 2013