Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr (Deacon) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro says the Ijaw nation can achieve its developmental aspirations if it dedicates self to God and His interests.

Otuaro made the assertion, weekend, in Warri, while delivering the keynote address titled "The Power of Unity", at the 20th edition of the Izon Day of Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving 2017 which held at BB Hotel Ceremonial Grounds.

Represented by Bulou Kosin, his Senior Special Assistant on Communication and Press, Otuaro said Matthew 6:33 was not intended to be deceitful when God's word stated that we should "seek first God's Kingdom and all other things will be added to us".

Otuaro said when the Izon Christian Fellowship initiated the Praying, Praise and Thanksgiving initiative 20 years ago in Warri and went into fervent supplications to God Almighty, the Ijaw nation was yet to have a shot at the Presidency before it advanced to achieving same and now has a Deputy Governor in Delta State for the first time. These, Otuaro said, were results of praying and getting more involved in the things of the Lord.

Remarking that this year's theme, "The Power of Unity" was apt, Otuaro said “God is not a God of disorder but of peace”, adding: “development of the wildest imagination can be Ijaw lot and indeed across the land if we remain peaceful, united in love for one another, and speak with one voice”.

While thanking and pledging support for the Izon Christian Fellowship for sustaining the collective praying initiative for 20 years, Deacon Otuaro urged the Ijaw nation to rev up its dedication to God and His interests for accelerated development.

Rev. Emmanuel Imeleye, Rev. James Yelemi, Archbishop G. E. Temekoga, Bishop Elijah Likibe, Bishop Favour Aremola, Rev. Germane Benson, Rev.(Mrs.) Emman-Imeleye Tola who took turns to speak charged the brethren to support of men of God to enable them persist in God’s work and prayers for the Ijaw nation.

Speaking on the message "Let every man help his brother", Archbishop Godspower Adaka said disunity had been the Devil's weapon from the days of the Tower of Babel. He urged the Ijaw to pray for Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, Deputy Governor of Delta State and other Ijaw sons and daughters in authority, an admonition re-emphasised by Rev. I. C. Tolar when he took turn to render the vote of thanks.

Talking on the need for unity, Rev. Tolar said it was advantageous for brothers to dwell in unity as noted in Psalm 133:1, enthusing: "The Jonathan Presidency was God's little sign of what He planned to do for the oppressed Ijaw people. With unity and expression of love for one another, God can help us produce another President of Ijaw extraction".

Dignitaries at the event include the Peres of Egbema Kingdom, Seimbiri Kingdom, Oporomor Kingdom, former Police Affairs Minister, Chief Broderick Bozimo, amongst others.