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Edo state: Catholic church backs Oshiomhole

The Catholic Church has thrown its weight behind Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s development projects in Edo State, saying that the church identifies with the ongoing good works in the state.

Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Benin-City, Bishop Anthony Gbuji, who paid a courtesy visit to the Governor, assured him of the prayers and co-operation of the Catholic faithful in his efforts to transform the fortunes of the state.

“Yours is an onerous task, God-given authority which all of must respect. And we respect you more when we see a citizen of your calibre bringing the best that you can have in a modern leadership that we have all been looking forward to.”

Impressed by the rapid transformation of Benin from an ancient to a modern city, the Archbishop said “I came to tell you that I know you by your works. You are a good man.

“We are passing through a period of transition now, going into a new era of governance. We are praying for you that you may come back with stronger force and energy to pilot the affairs of the state as you have been doing,” he said.

The Archbishop said the church remembers the Governor in her prayers and that the God will make him grow from strength to strength and give him good advisers who will help him achieve his vision.

Responding, Governor Oshiomhole expressed joy that the church has been vocal on the side of the truth, adding that the church has helped to sustain the present level of peace in the state.

He said that as the nation approaches the next general elections, the church has a vital role to play in ensuring that the people choose the right leaders.

He expressed his preparedness to continue to partner with the church in the task of nation building.