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The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has called on the church to exhibit love and forgive one another in the face of provocation.

He also charged aggrieved parties in the United Methodist Church of Nigeria, UMCN, to imbibe the spirit of reconciliation.

The Governor made this charge at the 50th birthday service of Rev. Philip Micah Dopa which held at the UMCN Nukkai, Sunday.

Gov. Ishaku who used the opportunity to list his achievements across sectors, also called on citizens to get their PVCs, vote during elections and ensure their votes counted.

He promised to release the thirty newly procured tractors directly to farmers for efficient utilisation since the Tractor Hiring Unit,THU, of the State, could no longer  be trusted with such equipment.

The Governor then called for prayers from the church stressing that was what mattered.

Meanwhile, Gov Darius Ishaku described the celebrant as one with humility, zeal, a bold and fearless person who is a good manager of people.

Earlier in his sermon, the guest preacher, Rev. Dr Ibrahim Bitrus, described the celebrant as one with a ‘profound sense of social justice’, who loves God and helps the needy.

According to him, for anyone to reach the age of 50 in Nigeria is no mean feat considering the life expectancy in the country which is pegged at 54 years.

He therefore charged Christians to use every opportunity to ‘immortalise’ themselves by contributing to the church and humanity.

The celebrant, Rev. Philip Micah Dopa, was full of thanks for his new age. He narrated his experiences and thanked God for sustaining he and his family through all the challenges they had  been through.