Courtesy Visit to His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong and the blessing of his office at the Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos yesterday.

Speech by His Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama, the Apostolic Administrator of Jos Archdiocese and Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja.

In the days preceding Pentecost Sunday, i.e the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (cf. Acts 2), we of the family of God in the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos represented here this morning by the children, the teenagers, the youth, the men and women and key leaders of our Archdiocese have come to express our spiritual and moral support and our prayerful solidarity as you begin your second tenure as the Executive Governor of Plateau State.

Accept please, our hearty felicitations on your electoral victory. It is yet another opportunity you have been offered by the people of Plateau State to lead them to greater peace, prosperity and progress. We know that this can only be possible by the special grace of God and so we pledge our fervent prayers to God and our loyalty to you and your administration and we assure you that we will always cooperate with you in whatever is beneficial to our people as you try to provide effective and good governance to the people of Plateau State. Your choice as Governor is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our sight. Equally, your election as the Chairman of the Northern Governor’ Forum is a wonderful testimony of your political progress and an opportunity for you to contribute in tackling the worrisome issues of poverty, violence, illiteracy, youth idleness and their involvement in crime and violence – factors which have greatly retarded our progress especially in Northern Nigeria.

It is our earnest prayer that the Lord will increase your capacity as an instrument of peace and social transformation in a way that these last four years of your administration will be characterized by remarkably improved good governance with attendant positive fruits seen in interpersonal harmony among the people, infrastructural development, social cohesion and security.

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