National Assembly members on Wednesday lamented that Nigeria was at the brinks and required divine intervention from God to prevent the country from total collapse.
Attributing the situation in the country to poor governance, the lawmakers under the aegis of Christian Legislators’ Fellowship, set aside Thursday 26th October 2017, as a day of national prayers for divine intervention.
Briefing journalists on the planned national prayer breakfast, the Chairman of the prayer warriors, Barnabas Gemade (APC, Benue State), said that the prayer with the theme: “Reconciliation: God’s Power and the New Pathway to National Unity”, is aimed at convening people of all faith, tribe and creed to appeal to God for righteousness and godliness in leadership.
He said: “The past seven years, our political and socio-economic landscape has been characterized 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 seven 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, would deliver the keynote address.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja