President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated a ‘One Year Prayer Project’ that will seek ways of mobilizing the church to effectively pray for divine solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

The President flagged off the project during a church service to commemorate the 52nd Independence of Nigeria at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Abuja.

He appreciated Christians who have been praying for Nigeria and believing that if it is well with Nigeria it will be well with their families too, adding that though “we are still facing challenges God will see us through and we will overcome them”.

The prayer project was conceived by the Christian Association of Nigeria, following the many challenges facing the country especially the challenge 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 ?the 30th of September 2012.

Calling on Nigerians to join hands with government to build the nation Jonathan said “A leader alone cannot change the whole nation” except he uses people. Citing an example of how Prophet Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem, he said he believed that in every strata of government there were Nehemiah’s God could use and ” I believe very strongly that God will use you help this country, and I believe that Nigeria will succeed.”

The President who said Nigeria had been rated as the second in ranking in terms of countries fighting corruption also said in no time corruption in Nigeria will be a thing of the past in the country.?

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

Quoting from Psalm 102, the President extolled the virtues of prayer and the need for continuous prayers for the country. He then flagged off the One year Prayer Project for Nigeria which he said will

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who gave the message of the day titled, ” God still answers Prayers” reading from 2 Chronicles 7:14, said Nigeria must first humble herself before God.

Also reading from 2 Chronicles 32:26, Oritsejafor noted that many of Nigeria’s elected men have been disconnected from the people they are supposed to serve and if Nigeria has to overcome her problems she must deal with the issue of pride in her national life.

“We cannot judge God’s ability to perform by what we see but by what we know about Him.”

Explaining his second point he said “the bible says the nation must depart from wickedness. He gave example of Nigeria spending N1.6 Trillion on generators annually, while a good number of Nigerians only see electricity cables without having electricity”.

Oritsejafor speaking on the challenge of Boko Haram in Nigeria said ” the activities of Boko Haram are not fuelled by poverty but by a religious fundamentalist ideology. Boko Haram is funded from within by people who desire to use them to create political space for themselves and funded from without by those who want to see Nigeria divided along religious- ethnic lines.”

He also said the group was sustained by media apologists who feed the unsuspecting public with politically incorrect half-truths.

“As a nation if we are serious about getting answers to our national prayers, we met as a matter of urgency, turn from our wicked ways,” he said in conclusion.

Yakubu Gowon in his remark said this year’s Independence celebration is a call for sober reflection. He called on Nigerians to work together as he said ” together we can conquer the challenges facing Nigeria.”

Speaking on the one year prayer project he said many have criticised the call for prayer at this time stating that it was not necessary but ” without prayers Nigeria would not be where it is today”.

Those present at the event included former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, Senate President David Mark, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremdu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ikedioha, President’s Mother Eunice Jonathan, service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps and members of the Federal Executive Council.

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