Jalingo, Taraba State – A Thanksgiving Service was held on Sunday at the McBride United Methodist Church in Jalingo for Brigadier General Jeremiah Aliyu Faransa, who is retiring from the Nigerian Army. The service was attended by family, friends, colleagues, and dignitaries.
Resident Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna, who represented the Episcopal Conference, spoke about the importance of thanksgiving in the life of a believer. He said that gratitude is essential for a fulfilling life and that it helps us to connect with God and others.
Brigadier General Faransa, who took the first Bible reading from the book of Isaiah 12:4-5, encouraged his colleagues who are still serving to have passion in their jobs. He said that they should work hard and trust in God, and that they will succeed.
Some of Brigadier General Faransa’s friends spoke about his life and career. They said that he is a man of integrity and that he has made significant contributions to the Nigerian Army. They encouraged him to continue serving his community in retirement.
The service ended with a prayer for Brigadier General Faransa and his family. He was presented with a gift from the church and a citation from the Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas.
Brigadier General Faransa expressed his gratitude to everyone who attended the service and for their support throughout his career. He said that he is excited to begin the next chapter in his life.
Quotes from the Service
- “Today, we gather in the spirit of gratitude and reverence to celebrate the remarkable career of a distinguished individual, a true patriot, and a dear friend who has dedicated decades of his life in service to his country.” – Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna
- “Do your job, no eye service, no godfatherism. Put your trust in God and you will excel.” – Brigadier General Jeremiah Aliyu Faransa
- “He is a father to the fatherless, he has helped many.” – Hon. Charles Maijankai