Gowon spoke in Abuja at the thanksgiving service and reception organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in honour of the newly appointed Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam.
The former military ruler alleged that some people with sinister motives don’t want peace to reign in the country, hence the need for prayers.
He warned that if Nigeria’s territorial integrity is undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play, adding that no one should be allowed to toil with the unity of the country.
Gowon who was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume said:
“Yakubu Pam has been sufficiently prepared by God to serve his people. I can testify to the fact that who the cap fits let him wear it. This commission is crucial and sensitive as one of the agencies of government.
“You are coming into the office at a time that we have very serious security challenges. We have made a lot of efforts to solve these problems along with people of other religion. That is why virtually everybody supported you for this position. It is an opportunity for you to do even more to bring peace to our country.
“We need peace to succeed. I know President Muhammadu Buhari is doing a lot but the challenges are still there. There are people with sinister motives, who wouldn’t want peace. But through prayers, I appeal to CAN to continue to pray not only for Yakubu Pam but for the president and all of us, and for your dear country, so that Nigeria will not go asunder.
“I once made a comment that this country is too big and versed with a population of over 200 million. A scholar said that we are structurally complex and pluraly diverted. If our territorial integrity is undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play.
“We don’t have to toil with our unity. You are in a very good position working closely with CAN and people of other faith so that together we can reestablish peace, push forward our agenda for our territorial integrity, push forward for our oneness so that together supporting the president, we can take our country to the next level, we have the human and material resources to take Nigeria to the next level”.
KanyiDaily had reported how two traditional rulers in Deba district of Gombe State were suspended from office after they organized a prayer session for President Muhammadu Buhari.