Chris Steven, Abuja
A large gathering of Christian Clerics and various religious faithfuls this evening launched a 40 days prayer session for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019 and for lasting peace and security in Nigeria.
The gathering made up of several persons from various religious sects drawn from various parts of Nigeria said the programme was put together in order to commit the country into the hands of the Almighty as the Nation prepares for the next round of elections.
The Convener of the Prayer Session, Bishop Bishop Sunday Garuba said It is a statement of fact that before President Muhammadu Buhari assumed leadership of the country, it was on the brink of collapse.
He said these were the lot of Nigerians before God sent a helper in President Muhammadu Buhari to our rescue.
“And now, the elections are around the corner again. And in line with the excellent work carried out by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) is organising this 40-day prayers, tagged “Buhari Shall Come Back in 2019”
“This is especially on the heels on the grand plot by agents of darkness to take Nigeria back to the bottomless pit. But by God’s grace, that would not happen”he said
Speaking on the theme of the gathering which is “Let Nigeria be Great and Let Nigeria be Delivered.” the Bishop said, ” In the book of Exodus, we read the epic story of God’s power to free his people from slavery. In chapter 14, we get to the climax of the story: the crossing of the Red Sea. Before the people of Israel cross over the sea, they come face to face with their enemy. Their enemy is strong, and they are weak—but God is stronger.
“I, therefore, stand before you as a servant of the highest God that the enemies of Nigeria shall be defeated”he declared
He added that an array of soul-enriching activities to make the event worth the while have been lined up.
“We shall commence this programme with worship and praise by guest singers and choirs. After which we shall begin Intercessory prayer session for Nigeria, prayer session for President Buhari and his cabinet, prayer for the Nigerian troops at the war front, intercessory prayer for the upcoming General Election and peaceful conduct by all citizens, and Intercessory prayer for our dear president and his victory at the poll.
” We shall also hold a special Thanksgiving session with praises to appreciate God for the defeat of Boko Haram and the political killers who came to torment the citizens of our dear country.
“A prayer against evil men on the Plateau and other forces of evil across Nigeria that have continued to encourage bloodletting in recent times.
“There shall also be a different representation of members of the various faiths gathered, as well as messages of solidarity to the good people of Nigeria.
“Pauls letter to the Ephesians is about Gods marvellous plan to bring peace, unity and salvation to all Peoples-Jews and Gentiles alike.
“My dear brothers and sisters gathered here, we are gathered to pray and fervently. We are gathered to pray against evil forces. We are also gathered to pray for the betterment of our dear country Nigeria.
“God in his infinite mercies would make this event a huge success and also, by his grace alone President Muhammdu Buhari shall return in 2019″he said