BY EMMANUEL ONWUSORO in Ado-Ekiti
Journalists in Ekiti state have been challenged to embrace positive thinking in all spheres of their dealings.
The founder, House of Faith Christian Church, Ado-Ekiti, Reverend Tunde Afe, threw the challenge in a sermon at an Inter-Faith prayer organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ekiti State Council, to herald the New Year.
Reverend Afe reminded the congregation that the thoughts of human beings are shaped by their lives as what they think are mere reflections of what are already in their hearts, adding that out of the heart proceed evil thoughts too.
The cleric who picked his text from the book of Proverbs chapter 4v23, advised that thinking is a spiritual and supernatural phenomenon, which entails being careful of what to say and think, hence positive way of dealings in the New Year.
Another clergyman, The Missioner, Nasfat, Iworoko Muslim, Alhaji Abdulfatah Abdulazeez, appreciated God for ushering the members into the New Year and underscored the essence of prayer in human existence as well as in the performance of journalistic duties.
He pointed out that prayers could be undermined if there is no love among members, harping on the necessity to also “love our neighbours as ourselves in line with the injunctions of the Holy Writ.
Alhaji Abdulazeez who is also the Chief Imam, Adebayo community central mosque, Ado-Ekiti, equally implored everyone to genuinely reconcile with his/her perceived enemies to facilitate acceptance of prayers by The Most High.
In his remarks, the state chairman of NUJ, Comrade Rotimi Ojomoyela, thanked God for His grace from 2018-2019 without recording the death of any member.
He, in the same way asked God to protect and lead every journalist in the state during the coverage of the forthcoming general elections, while urging members to be apolitical in the discharge of their duties.
The chairman condemned what he described as growing level of kidnappings in the state, appealing that measures should be intensified to address the trend.
Comrade Ojomoyela however informed members that the leadership of the union is not resting on its oars as it has catalogue of projects to embark upon with a view to putting the union on a higher pedestal and evolve ways on internally generated revenue.