Wednesday, December 7, 2022

ABAM, Senden on directive issued for Prez visit coinciding with sesquicentenary celebrations

Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) and Ao Senden have expressed dismay over timing of the proposed maiden visit of President Droupadi Murmu to Nagaland on November 2 and 3 coinciding with the sesquicentenary celebrations of Christianity in Naga hills scheduled from November 1-3.
While expressing their joy for the partnership and support to the preparation since 2017, ABAM president Rev Sentisashi Aier and executive secretary Rev Dr Mar Pongener in a press release also lamented the inconveniences caused by the advisory issued by the State government to all AHoDs and HoDs to be at the respective stations on November 2-3, 2022 in view of the President’s visit.
They said that many devout officers would not be able to be a part of the historic programme.
Therefore, ABAM, sincerely wished and prayed that the date for Murmu’s visit be postponed to some another day for the benefit of all citizens if possible.
ABAM also expressed sincere appreciation to all well-wishers for joining in the preparation to celebrate the dawn of the Gospel of Christ in Naga soil 150 years ago, from November 1-3.
Ao Senden: Meanwhile, Ao Senden said it was unfortunate that the President’s visit coincided with the celebration of 150 years of Christianity in Naga hills, an event that was planned years ahead of schedule and to everybody’s knowledge.
Ao Senden’s president Chubawati Longchar and general secretary Imtipokyim in a statement pointed out that Nagaland, with 89% of its population being Christians, had the highest percentage of Christians among Indian States. Hence, they averred that the President could have chosen any other date to visit the State.
Senden said they understood that, as per protocol, the State government had instructed all its officials, including those posted in the districts, to be at their respective stations and that granting of leave be avoided. However, the Senden regretted that they did not appreciate this.
They lamented that when the people of Nagaland were eagerly awaiting the sesquicentennial celebrations of Christianity in Naga Hills scheduled from November 1 to 3, the State government announced the President’s proposed visit on November 2 and 3.
The Senden appealed to the State government not to restrict anyone from attending the sesquicentennial event if he or she so desired.

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