COVID-19: Uduaghan, former Delta gov, goes spiritual, prays against pandemic
•Warns govt officials to watch utterances •Warns doubting 'Thomases' to beware
Former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Sunday, joined the train of men and women of good wishes to pray against COVID-19 and the quick recovery of victims.
Uduaghan, himself a medical doctor, led the lengthy prayer on Sunday morning in his official Facebook timeline.
In the prayer, the Itsekiri-born chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said God has a reason for allowing the pandemic to ravage the world.
According to the former APC senatorial candidate for Delta South, who lost to Senator James Manager of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 General Elections, the pandemic has not only humbled acclaimed superpowers but also so-called prophets across the globe.
The Baptist faithful urged government officials to avoid discouraging utterances and prayed for medical personnel in harm’s way as well as those providing funds for researches to unravel vaccines against the virus.
He warned those doubting the existence of the virus, praying God to open their eyes of understanding before it’s too late.
Excerpts of the prayer which he entitled: “My Sunday Prayers against COVID 19,” is as follow:
“Our Father, the maker of heaven and earth, and the healer of all diseases, we thank you for the way you have protected us and our families since the outbreak of the disease called COVID 19.
“Lord, you have your reasons for introducing COVID-19 into the world. The reasons we do not know, but it has succeeded in humbling the whole world. It is becoming obvious that you are reminding us that you are God.
“You have taken control of the world you created. Those who were claiming they were superhumans, super scientists, and nations that claimed they were superpowers, have now been brought on their knees. Miracle healers have all disappeared. Only the foolish will still be doubting your existence and your powers.
“Father we thank you for giving us the ability to build up knowledge and capacity to deal with new issues. COVID-19 is new and so the knowledge is very scanty.
“However in this brief period, a lot of scientists and none scientists are working very hard to unravel all the information about the epidemiology and the management of the disease.
“We pray Lord that you give all the breakthroughs that will help us overcome the pandemic. We specifically pray for a breakthrough in the vaccine for the disease.
“Thank you, Lord, for those who are pumping in a lot of their funds to ensure theses researches go on. Some of them, such as the Rockefeller, Ford, Bill Gates, Dangote families and foundations, are sponsoring a lot of these foundations.
“We pray Lord that in spite of the persecutions from those who have previously benefited from their sponsorship of medical researches in the areas of cancer, HIV/ AIDS, infertility, poliomyelitis, malaria and other infectious diseases, they will not be discouraged.
“Lord, please block all the sources of rumour-mongering that is confusing some of our people. Please enlighten the doubting Thomases. Some even claim COVID-19 is a scam. Please do not allow them, or someone close to them contracts the disease before they believe that it exists, even in Nigeria.
“Lord, please give some of our leaders the wisdom to know that their utterances can make some gullible people lose confidence in governments at various levels, and in the health professionals who are working tirelessly to manage the disease.
“Continue to strengthen the various arms of Government to be able to plan, educate the citizens, and execute their plans.
“Thank you for the health professionals. We know that those directly involved in Govt and the health professionals are constantly exposed to the threats of the disease. At the close of work each day, the risks of taking the disease home is quite high. Lord, please protect them and their families.
“Father, thank you for making the disease less virulent in our country Nigeria, and most African countries. So far this has saved us from the devastating effect of the disease. It has also caused a few of our people to live in denial.
“Lord please again, open the eyes of those living in denial to the presence of the disease, so that they take precautions not to contact the disease and become sources of community spread.
“Thank you for making it possible for up to 90 per cent of those who are positive, not to have any manifestations or very mild symptoms.
“Father, please help us to adjust to the new way of behaving. Help us to remain at home more, physical distancing, handwashing, use of face masks etc.
“Critically Lord, please strengthen employers to keep their employees and minimise the job losses. Please help businesses to quickly recover from the losses of the lockdown. Please open the economy again to reduce the stress on our people.
“Finally Lord, remove all the fears from us and let us know that our focus should be on your fatherly protection of us and our families, as long as we conform to the basic preventive measures.
“May God bless us all IJN,” he prayed.