As Nigerians await the much-publicized promise of change and transformation by the Buhari-led administration, some eminent Christian leaders have stressed the need for concerted prayer efforts to support the newly inaugurated government in order for them to receive wisdom, strength and divine assistance to surmount the numerous socio-economic problems it has inherited from the immediate past administration.
It has become particularly necessary in view of the fact that Nigerians are highly expectant and eagerly waiting for a complete overhaul in every sector, especially in the fight against corruption, the assurance of adequate security and restoration of peace and financial stability to the land.
Speaking at a press parley in Lagos on Monday, Pastor Johnson Odesola, Special Assistant on Admin and Personnel to Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, argued that although Nigeria is blessed with men and women of integrity who have the acumen to lead the nation out of its current moral and economic quagmire, the place of prayer cannot be underestimated because there is a spiritual dimension to the problems plaguing Nigeria and it is only when God intervenes that there can be true, thorough and lasting solutions.
Odesola postulated that now that Nigerians have freely expressed their right in the just-concluded general elections that brought to power President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), there is need to take the bull by the horn, hence the decision of the leadership of The Redeemed Christian Church of God to organize special programmes involving prayers for leaders and “emerging leaders” at the various helm of affairs: political and business.
“This meeting is organized mainly to inform the general public and leaders in different sections of the country of the coming special prayer service for leaders and emerging leaders in the country and what it is set to achieve”, said Odesola.
The cleric announced that the programme, which is billed to hold on Sunday, 7th June, will be led and conducted by Pastor Adeboye at the National Headquarters of the Church, Ebute-Meta, Lagos, by 8am.
While expressing confidence in God and in His Word, Odesola assured that the special programme will lead to the country’s rebirth and freedom.
It would be recalled that for some years now, Pastor Adeboye has not ceased to devote ample time to lead his congregation in prayer, especially as it relates to the peace and prosperity of Nigeria. While expressing deep concern over the nation’s travails, the cleric once prayed that God would trouble those who trouble the nation.
Speaking further, Odesola stressed that the programme will afford the church opportunity to pray for the new government in order for them to succeed and lead the country to greater heights.
He said: “Nigerians, especially those who know the efficacy of prayer must not fail to support the leadership of the country in prayer especially at such a crucial time in the history of the country when expectations and demands of the citizens from their political leaders are so high.
“Nigeria has just passed through a major peaceful elections and a new government has just been inaugurated. This is the dawn of a new era. For all things to be in place and for the nation to move forward, we need to thank the Lord for what He has done and put the future of the nation before Him. With Him, our future will be secured.”
“A lot of hurdles were surmounted recently through the untiring and selfless prayers offered to God on behalf of Nigeria. This is why the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has organized the special prayer session for leaders and aspiring leaders in all sectors. The peace we are enjoying now must be sustained and that is through prayers.”
Continuing, the cleric added: “Leadership can only succeed when the ultimate Leader, the Almighty God, is fully involved; hence this service is to help fully prepare all our new leaders in the task of leading us to greater heights.
“Nigeria is in need of God’s intervention in every area. Our greatest challenge is in the area of insecurity, unemployment, and lack of basic infrastructure. It is the believe of the church that these challenges are not beyond our capacity as a nation but the absence of good and effective leadership has left us behind those we ought to be ahead of.
“At a time like these, when people are highly expectant, only the help of God can enable the leadership meet the yearnings of the followers in reaching the goals ahead of us,”
While alluding to Biblical injunction in Mark 14:27, the cleric said that the role of leaders in nation building today cannot be left to chance. He warned that if leaders failed in their responsibilities, both the present and future generations will suffer the consequences
Also present at the parley, were some of the leaders of the church namely Pastor Goke Aniyeloye an Assistant Pastor-in-charge of Province 40, Ogba, Lagos; Pastor Femi Olunuga; Pastor Kurchi Jonathan; Pastor Seun Adebayo; Pastor Emmanuel; Pastor Juwon and Pastor Bisi Akande.