Prayers by Nigerians helping in war against terror – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday said the continuous prayers by Nigerians has contributed to the successes recorded in the war against terror by Islamic sect Boko Haram.
He stated this at the Redeemed Christians Church of God, Olive Tree Parish, Ikoyi Lagos, where he attended church service. President Jonathan noted that the country have had what he described as an “unfair share of global terror” but has remained united and unshaken owing to the prayers of the faithfuls.
“I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this country.
“I thank Christians and other religious groups that pray for this country especially at the period the whole world is facing a lot of challenges.
“You will agree with me that whenever you tune your television especially the international the international news centres like CNN, Aljazeera or Sky news you always see breaking news.
“All the breaking news are always negative, you hardly see any positive breaking news all over the world.
“Nigeria too, we have been having our own unfair share of these negative news brought about by Boko Haram, killing people at will.
“But we believe that God knows it all. Without your prayers, probably it will have been worse than this. God. has always been faithful to Nigeria.
“God will contnue to hear our prayers so that our country will get out of these challenges of terror and other related crimes,” he said.
The President specifically thanked Pastor Adeboye and the Redeemed family for the 100 days fasting and prayers declared since January.
“For the Redeemed family we have to sincerely thank you because you declared 100 days of fasting it is not an easy task.
“Even to keep faith with the orthodox 40 days fasting during the lent period which I also participate, it is not easy
“You are fasting not because of your personal interest, but for the country. I have to thank the General Overseer and all of you who have being in this fasting. God will hear our prayers,” he said.
Pastor Adeboye said that the Church will continue to seek the face of God for the country and its leadership.
“I can assure you that we are praying and we will continue to pray because we have no other place to go to and God has a reason,” he said.
The pastor enjoined the congregation to always seek the face of God and patiently wait for God’s visitation.
He gave biblical references of Sarah, Rachel and Modeciah whom he said God remembered and turned their situation around after many years of waiting.
The service was attended by the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye his wife Pastor Folu and the Resident Pastor and a former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).
The First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, the Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs Adejoke Adefulire and the Minister of State for FCT and the Supervisory Minister of Police Afaairs, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide were also at the service.