Jonathan inaugurates one-year prayer project for Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan in prayers
President Goodluck Jonathan in prayers

The Nigerian president says the he cannot build the nation alone, seeks divine help.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, inaugurated a one-year prayer project for Nigerian Christians. The initiative, conceived by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, is to seek ways of mobilising the church to effectively pray for divine solutions to the country’s problems.

Mr. Jonathan flagged off the project during a church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 52nd Independence anniversary at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Abuja.

He appreciated Christians who have been praying for Nigeria in the belief that if all is well with Nigeria, it would reflect on their families as well. The President however added that though “we are still facing challenges, God will see us through and we will overcome them.”

The CAN initiated the prayer project following the many challenges facing the country – especially that of insecurity – and the need to find urgent solutions to them. The project, which is a 12-month prayer project for national rebirth and transformation, kicked off on Sunday.

Calling on Nigerians to join hands with government to build the nation, Mr. Jonathan said, “A leader alone cannot change the whole nation except he uses people.” Citing the example of Prophet Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem, he expressed faith that Nehemiah’s existed across all government strata for God’s purpose.

Mr. Jonathan also acknowledged the effect of corruption on governance saying such a vice would soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria.

“We will continue to work hard; we have seen some improvements and will not rest until things change,” he said.

The President quoted from the Bible to explain the need for prayers in Nigeria.

  • Kayode Yusuf

    I am an Atheist – I don’t need God’s Prayers to turn NIGERIA around. What is needed is a LEADER with foresight and the WILL POWER to do the RIGHT THING.

    If at all GOD exists, NIGERIA will be the least of “its” concerns. We are not lacking in anything, other than the willpower to the right thing. We have always been praying to the non existent GOD since time immemorial and with the number of Churches and Mosques in Nigeria, one would have thought – that having access to “GOD” would not be a problem and we would not even need to wag a prayer war with GOD in order to get “its” attention.

    Again, the problem is not “GOD” nor the amount of valuable time we waste praying to a non existent GOD. The problem is the hypocrisy of our leaders. People – who at best – should have been bench warmers are entrusted with leadership positions and rather than admit they are not prepared for the role, they keep blaming all sorts of evil spirits as being responsible for their incompetence and as such, a need to wage a prayer war against known and unknown principalities!

  • NAGODI

    GOD HAS DONE HIS JOB. HE SETS THE INNITIAL CONDITIONS OF THE UNIVERSE, IT IS UP TO US TO USE HIS LAWS OR CONTINUE TO WALLOW IN IGNORANCE, PRAYERS AND DECEIT. I BELIEVE IN GOD BUT I KNOW THAT PRAYER WITHOUT CONVICTION IS USELESS FOR GOD SEES ONLY THE HEART. NO WONDER UPON ALL OUR RELIGIOUS FIGURES, PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATION TOWARDS GOD WE REMAIN THE MOST CORRUPT AND BACKWARD NATION IN THE WORLD. WHICH GOD WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYER MR. PRESIDENT WHEN YOU AND YOUR CRONIES CONSPIRED IN 2011 TO STILL 3 TRILLION NAIRA FROM POOR NIGERIANS TO LINE YOUR POCKETS AND BRIBE OTHERS TO WIN ELECTION? WHICH GOD DO YOU WORSHIP? AS WE SPEAK, IN 3 YEARS YOU COULD NOT BUILD A BEFITTING HOSPITAL IN ASO ROCK AND NOW YOUR WIFE IS “RESTING” IN A GERMAN HOSPITAL. YOU ARE SIMPLY A JOKE MR. PRESIDENT AND THE MORE YOU TRY TO CONVINCE NIGERIANS TO THE CONTRARY, THE MORE YOU EXPOSE YOUR DECEIT.

  • kpof-kpof man

    I am tired of praying while the national crooks are having a field day. Let them for once pray while I do the looting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharifai Ahmed Shariff

    Lets just set the expectation right… GOD will not come down to fix our issues, we had enough of prayers while asleep, we just need to wakeup and get to work…