By Taiye Odewale
Federal lawmakers yesterday lamented that “Nigeria, as it is today, is at the brink requiring divine intervention from the Almighty God against total collapse arising from breakdown of values in governance.
” Consequently, the lawmakers under the aegis of Christian Legislators Fellowship has set aside Thursday, next week, as a day of national prayers for the divine intervention.
Briefing the press on the planned national prayer breakfast, the Chairman of the prayer warriors Senator Barnabas Gemade (APC, Benue North-east), said the prayer with the theme: “Reconciliation: God’s Power and the New Pathway to National Unity,” aims at convening people of all faith, tribe and creed to appeal to God for Righteousness and Godliness in leadership.
He said: “Since the past seven years, our political and socio – economic landscape has been characterised by threats which have both regional and international implications.
“To Nigerians, those years could have seen our dear country emerge stronger from the shocks and effects of the global economic crisis.
We have, however, weathered these storms; we are still at present, a reflection of a country at the brinks.
“Recently, hate speech, divisive and secessionist quests raise their ugly heads, but we fortunately overcame.
“The delivery of public values has seized to be the essence of governance as our fellow countrymen can barely access basic social necessities.
These challenges have shaken the very foundation of the Nigerian people’s faith in leadership.
” He disclosed that the National Prayer Breakfast which started about eight years ago took its cue from the American Prayer Breakfast put on ground by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953.
He, however, added that President Muhammadu Buhari would serve as the Special Guest of Honour at the prayer session, while the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will deliver the keynote address.
“The event is being organised both to commemorate the 57th independence Anniversary of our nationhood as a regular Christian Parliamentary responsibility of reminding ourselves, leaders of Nigeria and from many other countries, that we need God’s blessing and action in everything we do and in accordance with international parliamentary tradition.
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