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By Mazi Odera
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Gov. Peter Obi said that as his tenure gradually comes to an end, that he had increased his prayers for Anambra State, for God to give the State a person who was better them himself for the development of the State to continue. He said that he shuddered whenever he remembered what Anambra State used to be and said that nobody that loved the State would wish a return to that barbaric past. He was speaking yesterday at the Eucharistic service to mark the Annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Cathedral Church of St Faith, Awka.

Speaking further, Governor, Peter Obi charged Nigerians to make necessary contributions that would enhance the growth and survival of the country. He called on Nigerians to place the collective interest of the country above other considerations and commended the sacrifices and selfless services of the heroes who fought to ensure survival of the country. He also stressed the need for leaders to take difficult decisions that will help build a better society even when those decisions are unpopular.

The Governor noted that the State has now been well repositioned to meet its various obligations to the people and expressed satisfaction that the return of schools to the Church is yielding the desired result with outstanding performances of students in internal and external examination. “Just last week, we gave scholarship to an indigene of the State, Miss Sandra Anagor from Umuawulu, who came first in NECO and SSCE examinations”, Obi said.

In a sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Rt Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibeziem noted that God used the Governor to further education in the State and to lay a solid foundation for functional and quality education.

Bishop Ibeziem called for prayers to attract divine healing to the country to erase the scars of the civil war and its sad memories. He warned on the dangers of turning away from God as, according to him, closer relationship with God is fundamental for the survival of the country.

He urged Nigerians to avoid divisive tendencies to enable the country harness strength in unity and harmonious co-existence so that efforts of those who labored to protect the unity of the country would not be in vain.