Notable historian and evangelist, Dr Steve Ogan has called on government and stakeholders to synergize in revamping the economic and infrastructural development of Edo State.
According to him, Edo is ‘a first born State, which set the pace for development in critical sectors of the economy among the federating states in the country.’
Dr. Steve Ogan, made the assertion in Benin City, while speaking at the 21st edition of the Edo People’s Atonement and Covenant Day Memorial programme, organized by a Christian organization, Intercessors for Nigeria, in conjunction with the Church of God in Edo State.
The Port-Harcourt based evangelist said ‘while other states and individual businessmen did not know how to run transport outfits, Edo State already had a thriving Edo Line which traversed every part of Nigeria, adding that in sports and education, Edo State was clearly at the top.’
He expressed sadness that ‘the same Edo Line which set the pace in road transportation in the country was no longer in existence, while some other legacy infrastructures had crumbled.’
Referring to the splendour of the ancient Benin Empire, he recalled that the kingdom taught many other nations, on how to organize and rule.
According to him, Benin Kingdom already had street lights, when many nations in Europe had none, and also boasted of notable artworks by Benin bronze casters.
The guest preacher who spoke on the theme, Rebuilding the Tabernacle of David, called on the Government and people of Edo State to pray and bring back to life the things that once took the state to the top position in the country as the state was in need of excellent divine order.
Dr. Ogan, who identified the patterns of rebuilding the tabernacle as worship, leadership and rulership, hinted that when a people worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, the power of God would return to the land.
He charged the organizers of the programme to enlist the participation of government officials and other leaders in Edo State, in order to realize the objectives of the annual event and fulfil the mandate of God in the State.
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of The Think Tank for the Body of Christ in Nigeria, Deacon Oritsemajemite Onosode harped on the dire need of unity among all Christian denominations, as it was critical for the enthronement of righteous leadership in governance.
Deacon Onosode, a lawyer and investment banker, disclosed that a sister Christian organization was working on the Christian manifesto which would enable believers work towards having a government that will run with the mandate of God for Nigeria.
He referred to the efforts of the Evangelicals in the United States of America(USA), who came together prior to the American election of 2016 and got Donald Trump elected, having elicited a commitment from him to carry out certain divine assignments.
Deacon Onosode, who is the Chairman of the National Directorate of Politics and Governance of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship(NCGF), challenged believers in the country to obtain their voters card and register as members of political parties of their choice, as that is the only way they could influence political decisions from the ward level.
Earlier, chief host of the event, Rev. Isaac Itobiye charged participants, from the book of Isaiah Chapter 19, verses 18 to 24, to remain faithful in interceding for the land.
The event also featured renunciation and revocation of idolatrous covenants and practices in Edo State, as well as re-enactment of the covenant of first born, which is the excellency of dignity and power as well as the covenant of life and peace.
He named the third as ‘the covenant of territoriality and influence across the nations.’
The event was attended by Christians drawn from different denominations and organizations, including the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship(NCGF).