Indigenes of Offa in Kwara state from all Christian faiths, under the aegis of the Offa Christian Indigenes Union (OCIU), have called on the government to urgently address issues of corruption and insecurity in the country.
Speaking at the fifth convention of the union in Offa by the weekend, President of the body, elders Segun Opaleke, said that Nigerians can hope for socioeconomic and political progress when the two major issues are tackled.
Opaleke, who said that the aim of the union includes promoting unity among Offa Christians, irrespective of denominations, added that its objective includes promoting interfaith understanding for peace among Offa Christians and non- Christian faithful.
Also speaking, minister-in-charge of Calvary Baptist Church, Offa, Reverend Samuel Adeyemo, who spoke on empowering Christian faithful for the sustainability of evangelism in Offa, commended the empowerment programme of the union.
Adeyemo also charged the people to embrace peace, love and understanding, saying that they should continue to help less privileged as well as give out loans to traders to promote their businesses.
The patron of the union, Barrister Ayo Opadokun implored members not to relent in their efforts, calling on related unions to emulate the OCIU to make life more meaningful, especially for the poor.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of 50 bags of rice, 250 yards of cloths, 50 chickens, and cash gifts to 50 selected widows in Offa by the matron of the union, who is a former CBN deputy governor, Dr Serah Alade.
Responding on behalf of recipients, Deaconess Atinuke Opaleke said that the donated materials would go a long way at alleviating problems, wishing the union progress and development.Read Full Story