President Goodluck Jonathan may have decided to go spiritual to overcome the storm facing him and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over his non-verbal declaration for the 2015 presidential elections.
It was learnt that that throughout last month, several prayer meetings which centered on the lingering PDP crisis and the president’s safety were held inside the Aso Rock presidential villa.
Mr. Jonathan, who does not hide his preference for taking refuge in the prayers of the church for the nation and himself in particular, in spite of the highest level of security around him, is said not to be unmindful of the forces working to undermine his administration in every way possible including through spiritual warfare.
“We are not unaware of the devices of the devil, who will not be happy seeing Nigeria coming out of the logjam; we have to stand in the gap for the country and the president. It is the responsibility of the church to stand in the gap for the leadership of the country with a view to ushering in peace”, a participant in the meetings said.
In the “Prayer Guide,” which was seen by one of our correspondents, the participants interceded for Nigeria, the PDP and President Jonathan.
One of the prayer points at the Saturday, December 28, 2013, prayer session was: “Pray for God’s intervention in the ruling party’s internal crises to enable them achieve God’s plan and purpose for Nigeria before, during and after 2015 – Psalm 33:10-11”.
They also asked “God to protect, guide, strengthen, and encourage President Jonathan and the rest of our leaders and their families at all levels – Joshua 1:8”.
On Wednesday, December 25, 2013, the prayer meeting asked “God to cause our legislators to put national interest above tribal, religious and personal interest in the discharge of their legislative duties – Ecclesiastes 9:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2”.
The prayer session ended on December 31 with the intercessors asking “the Lord to halt every secret attempt on the life of Mr President, preserve him, his family and his administration to fulfil God’s purpose for Nigeria and frustrate those engaged in the drumbeat of anarchy and war -Zechariah 2:5, 8 2 Corinthians 10:4-5”.