The cleric urged Nigerians to pray for their leaders.
A priest of the Anglican Church, Isaac Oluyamo, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan and other Nigerian leaders need the fervent prayers of all and sundry to succeed.
Mr. Oluyamo, a reverend at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral Church in Osogbo, said this in Osogbo on Tuesday in his sermon to mark the New Year celebration.
He said the challenges facing the nation were beyond human efforts and could only be surmounted through God’s intervention.
“Only God can provide solution to the numerous challenges facing the nation. Therefore every Nigerian, irrespective of religious affiliation, should rise up and cry unto God.
“Let all of us seek the face of almighty God to guide our leaders’ right and touch their hearts so as to lead us in the right direction,’’ the clergyman said.
He also urged Nigerians to support Jonathan’s administration, as well as his government’s transformation agenda for the country to witness rapid development.
“The growth of the nation is a task that involves every citizen of this country, be it Ibo, Yoruba or Hausa. We should all support the government for the well-being of the populace,’’ Mr. Oluyamo said.
He appealed to the perpetrators of crimes such as kidnapping and robbery in the country, as well as those causing violence, to have a change of heart.
“They need to change and give peace a chance in the new year,’’ the clergyman said.
Mr. Oluyamo advised parents to train their children in God’s way and also give them qualitative education to avoid their being used by unpatriotic Nigerians for negative acts.
Worshippers at the church service, most of whom were gorgeously dressed for the occasion, praised God for making them witness another year.