The prelate of the World Council of Bishops, Akwa State Ecclesiastical Province, Bishop Ahaziah Judah Umanah, has offered prayers for peace and development in Akwa Ibom State.
According to the prelate when peace reigns on the land, the people shall witness prosperity and spiritual advancement.
Prelate Umanah made the prayer yesterday during the New Year interactions with newsmen at the episcopacy of the council at The First Temple Church of the Nazarene in Eka Uruk Eshiet, Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.
He noted that where there is peace, there is growth, development and prosperity.
While briefing the newsmen on the roles of the council, the Prelate maintained that the World Council of Bishops, which international headquarters, he said, is located in Houston, Texas, United States of America, has the responsibilities to coordinate and oversee the activities of bishops in their local churches throughout the world, and also, to advise the world's governments on how to about governance, especially, in countries where both indigenes and residents profess different religious faith.
The cleric, who is also, the international president of the Assembly of Charismatic Ministers and Bishops (ACMB), further told newsmen that the roles of the church in any given society include praying for the leaders, both political and traditional, so that the leaders could become good instruments of development, peace and prosperity in their society.
He commended Christian leaders in Akwa Ibom State for always living up to this expectation and observed that Akwa Ibom State has enjoyed peace, security and spiritual growth in the last few years, through the prayers of the leaders of Christian faith in collaboration with the state government led by the Christian Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Umanah urged all Christians in Akwa Ibom to flee from evil in the New Year and to draw closer to God in prayers, righteousness and holiness and reiterated that God will do glorious things for those who fear His glorious name, and walk close to Him in righteousness and faith.