In response to the spate of insecurity in Nigeria among other challenges in the nation the Lagos state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) will, on Saturday February 20, 2021 hold an intercessory prayer for peace in Nigeria. In its press release made available to Christian Benefits, the Lagos Christian body tagged the prayer intercession for the country an Interdenominational Divine Service (IDDS) with the theme A New Beginning! A New Dawn! A New Glory!
The Lagos CAN Chairman, Archbishop Stephen Adegbite, in the released signed on his behalf by his special adviser on Media, Pubic Relations & Strategic communication, Very Rev. Oladapo Emmanuel Daramola explained that the prayer session is an annual ecumenical prayer programme in the Lagos CAN calendar that draws thousands of Christians from every part of the state under one roof to pray and commit the state and the nation generally into the hands of the almighty God.
Archbishop Adegbite said the present situation in the country calls for prayer by Christians for divine solution. His words: “The situation in the country makes it imperative for Christians to gather and pray. The level of insecurity in the land which has continued to generate palpable tension in almost every state of the federation is such that requires God’s people to seek his face for divine solution.”
While he said CAN would continue to unequivocally demand good governance and other deliverable that would make life meaningful and comfortable for Nigerians from the governments at all levels, especially the federal Government, Adegbite noted that it is expected of Christians to watch and pray. “Hence, the need for this solemn assembly which will afford us the opportunity of lifting our voices to God who has the capacity to make all things wrong right,” he explained.
The Lagos CAN boss particularly pointed at the significance of Lagos state as the economic capital of Nigeria that holds the nation together and where every ethnic nationality is represented. “That is why Lagos State CAN sees the need to organize this event. We trust God will hearken to our prayers and restore peace to every nook and cranny of this country. No doubt, people are tired and weary and millions are living in fear coupled with the economic hardship which is one of the many reverberating effects of the global meltdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But we cannot fail in believing in God. With him, all things are possible,” he said.
The statement said Lagos state governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, his cabinet members, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Judiciary arm and many religious leaders of different Blocs of CAN would attend the service scheduled to hold at LAWNA Territorial Headquarters of The Apostolic Church. The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche will deliver the homily at the service as the guest preacher.