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Prayer only potent weapon to rescue Nigeria- Gowon

Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

A former Nigeria Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has declared that prayer remained the only potent weapon to stop the myriad of killings in the country.

Gen. Gowon, who is Chairman and Convener of Nigeria Prays, stated this, at the weekend, in his opening remarks to open the National Prayer Conference with the theme ‘Lord Rend the Heavens’ at the Ecumenical Centre, Igbogene, Bayelsa State.

According to him, prayers can solve Nigeria’s problems better and faster than military generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.

He assured Nigerians that God will honour the collective prayers and intercession for the nation, and advised the people to shun violence and retaliation.

Gowon stated that Governor Dickson has demonstrated his faith in God by building the Ecumenical Centre and urged other state governors to emulate his noble and progressive initiative to provoke God’s blessings.

Governor Dickson who also spoke at the event lamented what he called the continued wanton killing which is said is symptomatic of a failed state, called for prayers for the country to surmount all the challenges facing it.

While calling on Nigerians to unite in prayers and resolve to work together to ensure fairness, justice, equity and equal citizenship, he challenged the leaders across the Nation to take the responsibility to stop the bloodletting.

His words “In this country, God’s children, human beings irrespective of the God they worship are being slaughtered mercilessly, remorselessly in many parts of the country.

“Our nation is bleeding; we must unite in prayers and resolve to do what is right and fair. Our nation should be a nation of fairness, justice, equity, equal citizenship and United by common ideals of being the greatest black nation.

“We are united by our common shared humanity and nationality, so injustice and unfairness anywhere should be a concern to anyone and everyone in our nation.

“I join you in praying that the bloodletting, unnecessary killings in our nation under any shape or guise ends in Jesus name. God should intervene so that people will feel the need to do the right thing, be fair and just to one another.

“Anyone who denies his fellow man justice is less human than his victim because what qualifies us humans created in the image of God is our belief in doing what is right and just. So I call for a just, egalitarian, fair Nigeria where everyone is proud to call his or her country. No one should play the ostrich”.

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  1. Ambrose Ukwuegbu 23rd April 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Gowon did not call for prayers in 1966 to stop the massacre of Ndigbo in the then Northern Nigeria and the eventual war of genocide against the same Ndigbo between 1967-70.

    Why after these atrocities against the defenceless Ibos that Gowon “formed the Nigeria Prayer Group”? Literally seeking God’s forgiveness whilst he superintended the onslaught and massacre of Ndigbo from June, 1966-January, 1970. There is no way God will answer the prayers of Gowon with the “blood of innocent Ibos on his damned hands”. General Yakubu Gowon has not repented of his bloody grievous sins and never pleaded for God’s forgiveness of same. So how can he be praying to God to answer his prayers? That’s not God’s way to paradise. Gowon’s “Nigeria Prayers Group” is a wasted effort of sinners and pretenders. The prayers of sinners are abomination to God. Gowon must first repent and apologize to Ndigbo for the massacres.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 23rd April 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Gowon has admitted the enemy’s defeats with the Sword in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. The enemy enemy thought they have control of the brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc., by so doing, victory is theirs. The enemy did not know God is the father of war and know the best way to punish illiterate animals like the fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria with their brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc., and their local and international complicit and collaborators- British bandits etc. The enemy did not know God given Victory is the natives’ under the natives Disintegrated Republics which must be defended with the Sword in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Only the Sword decides. It is over for the dead fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. It is over for the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. It is over for the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. in this natives territory. It is God given Victory, it is God given Liberation, it is God given Freedom which must be defended with the Sword in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

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