Church and clergy can carry a strong role in building up a society by pointing people to biblical knowledge and the wonderful word of God.
After 300 deaths due to terrorism in just a matter of days, the head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has called for peace during a visit to the troubled West African country of Nigeria.
According to All Africa.com, Dr Ted Wilson was in the country to celebrate the centenary of the Church’s work there.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos, Dr Wilson spoke against the violence that has wracked the country during the last four years, saying all parties involved need to concentrate on reconciliation through dialogue.
“Seventh-day Adventist members want to be part of a fabric that builds up the society,” said Dr Wilson. “Church and clergy can carry a strong role in building up a society by pointing people to biblical knowledge and the wonderful word of God.” Dr Wilson quoted Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation.”
During the centenary celebration, the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, donated a piece of land as a gift to the Church. The donated land is a contribution to the Church to build an Adventist school, in order to continue in the mission of using education to redeem people, explained Okorocha.
“I am not only giving the land to the Church to build a school, I also want to be part of the building project,” Okorocha said during his meeting with Dr Wilson.
Dr Wilson stated his appreciation on behalf of the Church in Nigeria, lauding the governor’s plans for better, free education, a stop to corruption, and the observance of laws. Dr Wilson also called for sustenance of religious liberty.
Dr Wilson and church leaders from the General Conference—Benjamin Schoun, Heather-Dawn Small, and George Egwakhe, along with West-Central Africa Division president Gilbert Wari, three union presidents, local union presidents, and other laypersons—met with the governor at the Government House in Owerri, Imo State capital, on March 10, 2014.
During the meeting, Dr Wilson also led out in a season of prayer for the governor, the State of Imo, the federal government of Nigeria, and the citizens at large.