Mr. Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent election, has called on good-spirited Nigerians to support the church for meaningful development, saying his partnership with the church accounted partly to his success in office.
Obi spoke on Wednesday after participating at the Chrism Mass, a Catholic Church Holy week programme, at Awka, Adazi-Nnukwu and Nimo, Anambra State.
Noting that Chrism Mass is a time the church set aside for the blessing of different oils used in her apostolate and a time the faithful also show support to their bishops for the various work he is doing in the diocese and his numerous charities, Obi called on the people of God not to despair.
He said his partnership with the church, especially in the area of education and health, was part of the key to his success when he was the governor and advised those in government to partner with the church because they also serve the people, even with more commitment.
It would be recalled that Obi’s return of schools and subsequent partnership with the church, which witnessed procurement of buses and over 30,000 computers for schools in the state, saw the state move from 24th position out of 36 states to number one in external examinations.
After the Chrism Mass, Obi visited the family of the slain former Anambra State House of Assembly member and the president general of Nimo Brotherhood Union, Frank Igboka, who was assassinated Tuesday night.
He decried Igboka’s murder and various crimes going on in different parts of the country and called on all those concerned with security of the country to re-double efforts in that direction.