Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged Nigerians to remain steadfast amidst the myriad of challenges confronting the country.
Mr Okowa made the call on Friday at the funeral service of late Emurohwo Igbuya, the mother of the erstwhile speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya.
The ceremony was held at Bethel Baptist Church, Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Okowa said many people get discouraged in the face of challenges, urging them to be faithful unto God who alone has solutions to the plethora of challenges facing humanity.
The governor said the late Mrs Igbuya was an industrious woman who left behind good legacies of great virtue, adding that she was the kind of mother every son and daughter would want to have.
“I am glad she died as a Christian even at the age of 94. She was an industrious woman every son and daughter is willing to have as a mother.
“We are living in very difficult times. Many people get discouraged when they face the challenges of life.
“But we must learn in today’s Nigeria not to be discouraged with the current challenges we are facing as a nation.
“We do not hope it continues but Christians must show a glistering example even in the face of difficulties.
“We are grateful to God that mama lived a life well spent and impacted on lives,” he said.
Mr Okowa prayed to God to grant Nigerians the grace to live a life of care for others.
“If it is well with us and it is not well with those around us then we have not lived well,” he said.
The cleric, Dickson Madogwe, in a sermon titled “Saints are going home”, said the deaths of the saints were a reminder that no one would live on earth forever.
Mr Madogwe said that the passing of saints was a call for a purpose-driven life, adding that man’s existence is to make the world better.
He urged Christians to make their life count for God by living a purpose-driven life.
“The greatest thing you can take from this life is to live eternally,” he said.
The former governor of the state, James Ibori and the Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, were among those who attended the funeral service.
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