Church, crucial to Nigeria’s unity— David Mark

barf! That is me throwing up! Why do churches invite politicians to their events? Why? Blah!!

david markSenate President, Dr. David Mark, has said that the critical role the Church is playing to ensure peace and unity of Nigeria will make the country continue to exist as an indivisible entity, despite its challenges.

Mark stated this yesterday during the Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS) 20th Anniversary Celebration and Special Fund raising for Africa Writers Retreat/ Conference Centre and Africa Bible Commentary (Hausa Translation) held in Bukuru, Jos, Plateau State.

The Senate President, who was represented by the Senator representing Plateau Central, Chief Joshua Dariye, encouraged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of reading culture to enable them learn more about what the country is passing through.

According to him, “the reading culture of average black man is very low, it was said sometimes a go that if you want to hide a fact, put it inside a book, but I believe that with a lot of advocacy and clarion call, especially from Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS), it is becoming obvious that reading makes the mind and the more you read, the more you become current and passionate, especially about the current issues in the country.”

In his address, Chairman of ACTS Board of Trustees, Prof. Danny McCain of the University of Jos, said “At 20 years of age, ACTS has published over 80 books, it has planted over 20 branches inside and outside Nigeria, employed more than 40 people throughout its history, become a leader in the field of Christian literature and has become the source in Nigeria for Christian textbooks and other serious theological and Bible tools.

“At 20 years of age, ACTS has had no major leadership changes at the top of the organisation. The Oga at the top is still the Oga at the top. We have the same General Manager, the same executive Director, same Chairman of the Board of Trustee and we have sold millions of Bible s and Books.”

However, Governor Jonah David Jang of Plateau State, represented by Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Barr. Olivia Dazyiam, said the existence of ACTS in Plateau for the Past 20 years despite its moment of security challenges is a test to the fact that the state is indeed a “Home of Peace and Tourism”

Jang stressed that Plateau State, which is blessed with good atmospheric whether condition, is the best place that one can sit comfortably and utilise the best of his God-given creative ability through writing of Christian literatures and other worthy materials that will contribute meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Chairman, Governing Council of Bingham University, Prof. Gwamna Dogara and a Lecturer at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, urged ACTS to consider a publication on a compendium of selected Christian scholars in order to address Christian’s response to ethnicity, violence, war and peace which are threatening the Church in Nigeria and Africa.

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