The seven-day event is part of the first lady’s vision to seek God’s face and intervention for the nation.
Women groups and faith-based organisations converged on Abuja on Monday to pray and fast for the release of the school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno, on April 14 by Boko Haram sect, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The session was organised by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s pet project, the Women for Change Development and Initiative, W4CDI).
The National Coordinator of the project, Rabi Ibrahim, said that “the seven-day event is part of the first lady’s vision to seek God’s face and intervention for the nation.
“As the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), she has engendered peace, not only in Nigeria, but also on the continent.
“(Mrs.) Jonathan has organised this prayer session for women, including Muslims and Christians, as a unity platform for us to pray for the safe return of our girls.
“It is also for us to pray for God to bring an end to terrorism and restore peace in our country’’, Ibrahim said.
One of the participants, Fatima Ahmed, commended the first lady for organising the session.
Mrs. Ahmed said although God can still answer when one prays alone, “the session will further create and encourage understanding between the two main religions.”
“We are praying for the same purpose, the aim is for the safe return of our girls and lasting peace in our land. Who does not want peace?’’
Also, Christian Oke said when everything seemed not to work, it was only proper that such challenges be taken to God in prayers.
“That is why I came to join the faithful here to pray for our nation,” Ms. Oke said.
The prayer, which started on May 14, ends on Tuesday.
There has been local and international outrage since the abduction of the girls with many saying the Nigerian government did not do and has not done enough to free the girls.
The U.S., U.K., France and other countries are currently assisting Nigeria in the search for the girls.
The Boko Haram insurgent group had in a video vowed not to release the girl until its members in detention were released by the Nigerian government.
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