President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the prayers of various religious groups had brought peace
and ensured the unity of the country.
Speaking at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Olive Tree Parish, Ikoyi, Lagos, Jonathan noted that despite the country’s share of global terror, prayers had kept Nigeria together.
The President said: “I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this country. I thank Christians and other religious groups that pray for this country, especially at the period the whole world is facing a lot of challenges.
“You will agree with me that whenever you tune your television, especially the international news centres like CNN, Aljazeera or Sky news, you always see breaking news.
“All the breaking news are always negative, you hardly see any positive breaking news all over the world.
“In Nigeria too, we have been having our own unfair share of these negative news brought about by Boko Haram sect killing people at will.
“But we believe that God knows it all. Without your prayers, probably it will have been worse than this. God has always been faithful to Nigeria.
“God will continue to hear our prayers so that our country will get out of these challenges of terror and other related crimes.”
Jonathan hailed the 100 days fasting and prayers declared by the RCCG since January for the progress, peace and unity of the country.
Jonathan specifically thanked The RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the Redeemed family, saying “for the Redeemed family, we have to sincerely thank you because you declared 100 days of fasting which is not an easy task.
“Even to keep faith with the orthodox 40 days fasting during the lent period which I also participate, it is not easy.
“You fasted not because of your personal interests, but for the country. I have to thank the General Overseer and all of you who have been fasting. May God answer our prayers.’’
Pastor Adeboye said the church would continue to pray for the country and its leadership.
He said: “I can assure you that we are praying and we will continue to pray because we have no other place to go to and God has a reason for that.’’
The pastor enjoined the congregation to always seek the face of God and patiently wait for God’s visitation.
He gave Biblical references of Sarah, Rachel and Modeciah, whom he said God remembered and turned their situation around after many years of waiting.
He urged leaders to always seek the face of God, saying that those who wait on the Lord would not be disappointed.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire, wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola;; the Resident Pastor and a former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, were at the church service.