As Nigeria continue to tread on the threshold of insecurity, wife of Delta state governor, Deaconess Roli Nere Uduaghan has advised Nigerians to turn away from sin and wholeheartedly embrace God, who is the author and finisher of all things.
Deaconess Roli Nere Uduaghan gave this advise on Thursday, May 08, 2014 at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba at a Special Prayer Summit for solution to issues of national concern.
The prayer session organised by wife of Delta state governor, is however not unconnected with the continued siege laid by the Boko Haram Islamist terrorists on the nation’s north, especially with the recent abduction of over 200 school children in Borno state, which has received global condemnation.
In her welcome address, the wife of Delta state governor, Deaconess Roli Nere Uduaghan, said the prayer summit became necessary as a result of the worrisome security situation in the country, which has defiled all human efforts but needed only God’s divine intervention.
She called for atonement from sin by all Nigerians, and prayers of genuine repentance, saying that “In the history of this country, no blood has been spilled as much as we are now seeing. God wants us to return to him because we have all gone astray from the ways of the Lord”.
She emphasised that the present security travails may have been a design by God to teach Nigerians a lesson and make them turn away from their sinful ways, adding that the Church which is made up of the people of God must embark on genuine spiritual prayers to survive the wrath of God.
In his exhortation, Rev. Gideon Oyibo, Delta state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) revealed that the country is presently under siege, as a result of the many security challenges necessitated by Islamist insurgents in the Northern part of Nigeria.
According to him, “It is only the power of the Almighty God that can help overcome the challenges and restore the nation back to its place of pride.”
Reading from the Bible’s 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 20, Rev. Oyibo emphasised that the only weapon needed to surmount the challenges are God’s own Christian people and through consistent prayers, adding that “the battle is the Lord’s but the people are God’s weapons to fight the battle and bring insurgency to a halt through fervent prayers.”
He advised against casting aspersions and blames on anybody or group, which according to him, will further infringe on the unity of the country, saying that “we have a common battle at hand because Nigeria is one. Our coming together in praying is because physil battle has not yielded any results.”
The Special Prayer Summit was attended by various men, women dignitaries and lowly, drawn from all parts of Delta state, including former Presidential hopeful, Mrs. Sarah Jubril; Mrs. Edith Okowa; wives of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly, Mrs. Onwunsanya and Mrs. Ganagana respectively among others including the Senior Special Adviser to the governor of Delta state (Religious Affairs), Godspower Agbuduta.