Former head of State and founder of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon has said that effectual fervent prayers by Nigerians can dislodge Boko Haram, making it a thing of the past in the country.
Gowon expressed this confidence at a National Prayer Rally at the Olive Tree Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos on Sunday.
The rally had in attendance top Christian leaders led by the Lagos Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle Alex Bamgbola and a host of others.
The former leader observed that Boko Haram activities are the most disturbing of all the problems of Nigeria. “There is need for Nigerians to begin to change their orientation and begin to pray according to the will and purpose of God. The only way prayer can be of benefit to all is for us to ask that God’s will be done. We should pray that God will answer our prayers in way that it will be a blessing to all,” he said.
He added that the incessant sporadic suicide bombing is enough cause for worry. “It is sad that some people wilfully take their lives and the lives of others. This is a great concern. There is no longer respect for lives. There is no regard for human dignity. This is worrisome. The news we hear on daily basis of how lives are being terminated is indeed worrisome.
“That is why I really want to appeal to Nigerians to raise an altar of prayer for Nigeria. We should consistently pray and constantly ask that God will cause his mercy to flow in our nation. The bloodletting is embarrassing and ungodly. It is time for us to raise our voices and cry to God for His mercy on our land.”
He urged Nigerians to pray that God will touch the hearts of the members of the devious sect adding also that, “there is nothing God can do.” “If God could save the Biblical Saul who later became Paul, I am confident that God can touch the lives of these people called Boko Haram. We know they are faceless and nobody knows their agenda. That is why I believe that it is only God who can really intervene in their lives and bring a change.”
In an interview after the rally, Gowon told journalists that the prayer of the saints has helped to continue to keep Nigeria one. “We have gone through a lot as a nation. We had crises that are unprecedented but we have not gone apart. Our being together is not by accident. It is an answer to prayers of Nigerians. The last election clearly showed that God is in the plan of Nigerians.
“We had an election that did not cause problem in the nation. The candidate that was defeated in the election accepted defeat without rancour. Only God knows where we would have been if Jonathan had not conceded defeat so we have to continue to appreciate and thank God for his mercy and love for our nation Nigeria.”