Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has found recourse to prayer, thus the Nigeria Prays project.
The past president who has always shown traits of strong Christianity is the founder of Nigeria Prays project. The project is aimed at “promoting the virtues of patriotism, transparency, integrity and incorruptibility in leadership, governance and in the entire citizenry.”
Gowon states unequivocally that more than all the plans to resurrect Nigeria from its political end economic dearth, prayer will give the nation the quick recovery that it needs at this point.
He says that is the only formidable force that can salvage the state of the country. He said:
“And I can say this with every authority that prayer can solve problems better and faster than generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.
“I have no doubt in my heart that God will honor our collective prayer and intercession for our dear nation and heal our nation of all challenges facing her.”
However, as much as he prescribes prayer for the redemption of Nigeria, he also noted that prayer alone without complementary good works will not do the nation any good.
He insists that the West African nation who is most popular for her corruption rate must pray and match the prayer with honest actions.
During a recently held rally at Rehoboth Cathedral, Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, courtesy of Nigeria Prays project, the former head of state appreciated the people for seeing reasons with him and supporting the project.
The event was attended by government dignitaries and religious personnel. Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State was present. In his speech he thanked Gowon for founding the initiative.
He went on to note that Nigerians are “the most religious people in the world, but extremely ungodly.” He also backed Gowon’s views on complementing prayers with appropriate actions.
“It is not enough to pray, but to walk the talk.”
The Anglican Communion Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Bishop Joseph Akinfenwa also registered his delight over the Nigeria Prays platform. He also added his voice to those of previous speakers. He preached attitudinal change for all Nigerians, leaders and followers alike.