The ceremony took place at the Gambia Christian Council offices in Kanifing under the theme “celebrating the visionaries”.
Addressing a large audience, the president of the Pastors Intercessory Gambia branch, Pastor Augustyn Bernards declared: “This day is once again to honour, celebrate, pray and thank God for 20 years of relentless efforts and successful achievements of the visionary, charismatic, God-fearing, development- oriented and purpose-driven leadership of President Jammeh who had for the past 20 years worked and has continued to work tirelessly to enhance the future of his people and the great nation. “
Describing the president as a man motivated by passion and love to serve the people while opening up equal opportunities for all to enjoy a better existence, he added: “President Jammeh is a rare gift in human form from God to the nation, Africa and the world at large for his great strides in nation-building which are evidently clear in all sectors. Leaders are heavy burden bearers saddled with the responsibility for the welfare of the people and therefore need a spiritual burden bearing team of intercessors to always stand firm and intercede on their behalf. We will not relent in our prayer efforts with the divine mandate to raise the hands of the leaders in prayers and earnestly and fervently present them to god daily, stand by them and encourage them”.
The president and chancellor of Agape Christian Theological Seminary in Abuja, Professor Gideon Olanrewaju said: “President Jammeh is a great visionary leader in Africa. I would like to urge Gambians to continue praying for the Gambian leader for his peaceful regime and for making The Gambia known to the outside world for the peaceful coexistence, to which Nigeria can attest”.
Meanwhile, eleven pastors and laypeople were awarded honorary doctorate degrees as professors of ministerial ethics, doctors of divinity and ministry. They are: Paul Akweze, Mortius U Okoi, Moses Richards, Sam Chima Ochulor, James Gomez, Titus Elendu, George Gomez, Edeh Donatus Sunday, Onochie Lawrence, Desmond Conteh and Augustyn Bernards.]]>