God Gave You This Office To Test You, Catholic Bishop Tells Senator Jarigbe At Thanksgiving

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The Catholic Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Most Revd Donatus Akpan prays for Senator Jarigbe Agom and his wife, Fifi during the duo's thanksgiving ceremony on Easter Sunday, 31/3/2024 at the St. Benedict's Cathedral in Ogoja. (Credit; CRW/Jonathan Ugbal)

By Jonathan Ugbal

The Catholic Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Most Revd. Dr. Donatus Akpan says God gave the Senator representing Cross River North district, Jarigbe Agom, his position to test the stuff he is made of.

The Clergyman said this on Sunday morning during the thanksgiving ceremony of the lawmaker for his victory at the February 2023 polls and his subsequently at the Tribunals at the St. Benedict’s Cathedral where he said God made Senator Agom victorious for the sake of his people.

“God has set his light up on you as his witness,” Akpan said, adding that; “He has given you this exalted office to test you and find out the person you are.”

Bishop Akpan who said he has heard good things about the lawmaker, noted power often corrupts, and cautioned the lawmaker not to lose focus as “God made you victorious for the sake of your people. Maybe God saw that you were struggling to be counted in, not for yourself, but for your people. Don’t disappoint God.”

Preaching on the importance of truth, the Bishop averred that; “our national has never known truth yet and that is why we are still in bondage.”

He said as long as one stood by the truth, thereby pleasing God, there was no need to be bothered about other distractions.

The ceremony drew several friends, allies and colleagues from across the country including the Minister for State, Petroleum Resources (gas), Rt. Hon. Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo; the Minority Leader of the Senate, Abba Moro and Senator Barinada Mpigi while Senator Jones Eteng was represented by his wife. Other federal lawmakers present included Rt. Hon. Alex Egbonna, Honorable Godwin Offiono and Honorable Peter Akpanke as well as a former federal lawmaker, Rt. Hon. Peter Igbodo.

One-time Cross River Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham Esq, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Venatius Ikem Esq; legal luminary, Mba Ukweni, SAN and his wife; All serving State lawmakers of the PDP led by the Minority Leader, Neji Abang. Others are Godwin Omang Esq, Pius Ashakia and Dr. Martins Achadu.

Furthermore, the Chancellor of Author Jarvis University, Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, entrepreneurs, Kjay Jedy Agba and John George, former Cross River representative on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Ntufam John Okon and a host of others were in attendance.

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