Prayer critical factor in solving Nigeria’s problems —Gowon

From left, Bishop of Ibadan Diocese (Anglican Communion), Right Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa; Dr Moses Aransiola; former head of state/Convener, Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon; Presiding Bishop of Victory International Church, Ibadan, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun; Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Pastor Dolapo Adelakun, during a national prayer rally organised by the Nigeria Prays (South West zone), at Victory International Church, Oluyole Estate Extention, Ibadan, on Sunday.

FORMER head of state and Covener, Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon, has said prayer remains a  critical factor in the quest to solve  problems  facing the country.

General Gowon said this in Ibadan,  the Oyo State capital, on Sunday, while addressing a congregation at a  national prayer rally organised  by  the Nigeria Prays (South-West zone), a non-denominational religious group ,held at Victory International Church, Oluyole Estate Extension, Ibadan.

“Let us be rest assured that our prayers are not in vain. And I can say this with every authority that prayer can solve problems better and faster than generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.

“I have no doubt in  my heart that God will honour our collective prayer and intercession for our dear nation and assist our nation of all the challenges facing  it.”

He, however, expressed gratitude to the presiding Bishop of Victory International Church, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, who is also the chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), his wife, Pastor Dolapo Adelakun and the entire members of the church for  the hospitality accorded him and his team during the period.

“Let me also express my sincere gratitude as well as that of the of Conveners of Nigeria Prays to  the  Oyo State government, for the support and involvement in the prayer rally “.

In his remarks, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, commended General Gowon for the initiative, while describing it as a mission aimed at promoting the virtues of transparency, incorruptibility, integrity and fellowship.

He, therefore, called for attitudinal change,  adding that prayer without hard work can not  solve the problems facing the country.

The governor, who described General Gowon as  a Godly man,  said  that the retired general had and  is still serving humanity diligently, having piloted Nigeria through turbulent times at a  young age.

Present on the occasion were: the Bishop of  Ibadan Diocese (Anglican communion), Right Rev Joseph Akinfenwa, the  chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, national director, Nigeria Prays, Rev (Dr) Moses Aransiola, among others.