Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and other concernced Nigerians have expressed hopes that with fervent prayers, Nigeria will overcome the security challenges currently bedeviling her.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the 2014 Presidential National Prayer and Breakfast session held at the Presidential Villa on Saturday, where President Goodluck Jonathan called on Nigerians to intercede for the nation over the insecurity situation, Akpabio noted that there was nothing impossible for God to do.
“We are all believers, both the Christians and the Muslims, and we believe strongly that there is nothing that is impossible before God.
“What we have done this morning through our dear President is to present Nigeria before God and present all the challenges that we are facing today to God Almighty and I am very convinced, as a human being and as one of the small leaders in the country that God will intervene. God has intervened in the affairs of Nigeria and God will lead us aright”, he said.
Akpabio, who is Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum, expressed confidence that with the prayers offered at the session, divine intervention is on the way.
“The security problems that we are seeing today are temporal just like our dear President has pointed out that these things are ephemeral… nothing is permanent. It is only the word of God that is permanent. We have called on God and I know that God will intervene and the enemies we are seeing today, we will see them no more”, Mr Akpabio stressed.
The Secretary of the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Board, Mr John Kennedy Opara, said that “what Nigeria is doing is to replicate what many countries of the world did several years ago when they were in turmoil and got free.
“Today portends Unity. Today is a day of reflection. It gives us an opportunity to reflect as a nation and pray for our dear country Nigeria.
“If you check the history of national prayer breakfast, from America till today, you will see that when the people of a nation gather to pray under the able leadership of the president there is always a significant change and that is what we have gathered under the leadership of the President to do today. It is a significant day”, he told State House correspondents.
Information Nigeria reports that at the prayer session, which was graced by President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic, President Jonathan had stressed that the Boko Haram sect would “surely pay” for every attack that they have carried out in Nigeria.