Pray against troublemakers, Onaiyekan urges Nigerians

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The Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, His Eminence John Cardinal Onayekan, has urged Nigerians to pray to God to change the heart and minds of those who fermenting problems in the country.

Onaiyekan made the call on Friday at a national prayer meeting organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the National Christian Centre, Abuja for Christians from across different denominations.

While expressing concerns over the current security challenges in the country and the alleged complicity on the part of security agencies, Onaiyekan stated that there is widespread deep frustration at the obvious inability of the government to restore peace and normalcy in the country.

The Archbishop Emeritus noted that “it is as if nowhere is safe,” hence the situation has compelled Christians to rise and intercede for the land.

Citing the book of 2 chronicles 7:12-20, Onaiyekan stressed that a nation cannot be restored unless it is purged of its sins, adding that those who pray for the restoration of the country must change from their ways.

The prayer session, which was attended by the CAN President, Daniel Okoh, among other clergymen, focuses on national security and peace, economic prosperity, and national unity, with prayers also offered for Nigerians in captivity of kidnappers, including the remaining Chibok school girls and Leah Sharibu who was among the girls abducted from the Government Girls School, Dapchi in Yobe State.

Also, intercessions were made for good governance and leadership in Nigeria as well as for peaceful elections in 2023.