20th November, 2011
The Anglican Church has declared a seven-day fasting and prayers for Nigeria and its leadership, Primate of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has said.
Okoh disclosed this at the 2011 Carnival for Christ, a gathering of all Anglicans in the diocese of Abuja.
He said that the prayers and fasting would begin from November 28 to December 3 and that the prayers would be directed at Godâ€™s intervention for peace to return to the country.
Okoh said that the forces of evil that had taken over some parts of the country could only be defeated through prayers to God.
“It was decided during the general synod that a seven-day prayer and fasting be organised for the president and for the whole country.
“To pray for peace; to pray for the cessation of attacks; that God should intervene in our affairs because this new dimension of throwing bombs we have never seen it before and itâ€™s almost killing the psyche of the people of the country.
“That we should take a spiritual approach to fight the issue; that prayer and fasting be declared throughout the country in all churches in our country.”
Okoh said that it was pertinent for the Church in Nigeria to seek Godâ€™s intervention so as not to go the ways of other nations that had been entirely engulfed in crises.
He said that the spate of violence in the country was unprecedented; noting that Nigerians had always lived in unity in spite of the diversity in culture, religion, political ideologies and ethnicity.
The cleric said that the theme of the 2011 Carnival for Christ was chosen to conform to the forthcoming prayers and fasting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2011 edition of the carnival: “So, I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten”, was taken from the Book of Joel, Chapter 2; Verse 25.
Speaking earlier on the message of the carnival, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette, said that seeking divine intervention through prayers was a natural thing to do, especially in the face of difficulties.
He said that Nigeria needed Godâ€™s intervention in all its activities, noting that God had shown his love for Nigeria in different ways in the past.
NAN reports that the carnival featured a parade by students from Anglican schools, Sunday Schools, Boys and Girls Brigades in the diocese.