For the records, I did not vote for Goodluck Jonathan nor did I vote for the PDP. Unlike President Jonathan and his party, I agree with General Azazi that the PDP is the problem with Nigeria and they are to be blamed for everything wrong with Nigeria, from the threat of Boko Haram to the state of our roads. Everyone will agree that under the leadership of the PDP things have gone from bad to worse using all socio-economic indices – the poor are getting poorer in their millions, stealing in high places is monumental – civil servants steal in billions, politicians in trillions.
We have protested. I marched with Save Nigeria twice in Abuja. I was part of OccupyNigeria fuel subsidy protest. I am an unrepentant critic of the PDP and this government. I, like millions other Nigerians, don’t think anything good can come out of the PDP. The PDP as an evil tree cannot produce good fruits. On the contrary I am a firm believer in the Nigerian state and the glorious future that is ahead of us. I like the fishermen from Galilee awaits the coming of the one who according to prophesy will lead Nigeria to glory.
Therefore I have adopted a watch and pray posture, not for the government of the day, but for the one that is to come. I, like Simon and Elizabeth, awaits the coming of the proverbial messiah of Nigeria, hoping that my eyes will not see death until I see the salvation of Nigeria.
But in a dream of the night on the early hours of the last Sunday of this past April, I saw a company of very senior ministers of the gospel in our land, men known and unknown, men before whom it would be an honour to stand. Before them I saw President Jonathan standing as though he was to address them. And I heard the voice of one saying to the oldest of the ministers “prophesy”. At this point I saw me holding President Jonathan by his right legs weeping strongly while praying for him.
To be honest I don’t think I have ever prayed specifically for Mr. President. I pray for Nigeria, don’t get me wrong, but for Dr. Jonathan no. This I think should change. Paul said to Timothy “that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. According to Paul, prayers for leadership and for country should be the first thing.
Therefore to help us pray well I will like to give the following prayers points:
(i) That God will grant Mr. President Wisdom like He gave to Solomon to manage the affairs of the state so that peace, prosperity and goodness will flow like a river within our shores.
(ii) Let us ask God to grant him strength, courage, boldness and largeness of heart to be able to step on toes, look men in the eyes and tell them they are wrong when he needs to.
(iii) That God should baptize President Jonathan with the same kind of zeal and holy anger that attended the soul of Jesus when he with a whip in his hands overturned the table of the money changers and all those carrying out illegal activities in the temple. That our President like Jesus will rock the boats of all those profiting from all the illegalities and corruption that has come to define Nigeria as a criminal enterprise.
(iv) That God will grant Dr. Jonathan the right blueprint for Nigeria like he gave Pharaoh in a dream and a vision as to what ancient Egypt ought to do to preserve a future for her people.
(v) That every evil counselor or adviser that has access to our President be uprooted. Let their counsel be frustrated like Ahithophel.
(vi) That God would grant give honest and patriotic counselors.
(vii) That all the plans of God for him be established in his life privately and nationally.
I believe that if we pray with humility in our heart after turning from all wicked ways, God would hear from heaven and he would heal our land. For the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available that is dynamic in its working.
May God save the President and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Ogidigbo is the Lead Pastor, Holyhill Church, Abuja. You can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @SundayOgidigbo.