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.