October 1: Abia celebrates with fasting and prayer as IPOB order cripples state
Abia State Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu stressed the need for Nigerians to hold on to God for a solution, beyond the political machinery, to the many challenges facing the nation moment like this.
The governor made the appeal during an address during the Abia Day of Fasting and Prayer program on the theme: “Oh Lord, heal our land”, held at the Michael Okpara auditorium , in Umuahia, in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the independence of Nigeria.
The governor noted that there was cause for concern as the country had found itself in an almost hopeless situation, adding that without God Nigerians would have little or no hope.
He however thanked God for the grace on Abia, noting that despite the difficulties the state had experienced, relative peace and security and had also made appreciable progress compared to other states.
The governor of the state of Abia said that it was for the above and other reasons that he organized the fasting and prayer session to seek the face of God and pray for God to heal the Earth.
âAnyone who is not worried in Nigeria today is either dead or blind to spirituality. There is cause for concern as it is a curse if you start to feel that your yesterday is better than your today and that your today might be better than your tomorrow. It’s a hopeless situation and I think that’s where we ended up.
âWe have also come here today to thank God for leading us here and to recognize his hand in our affairs, and to say that despite the fact that we are relatively peaceful here in Abia when you see the disturbing signs. producing in neighboring states is also a sign for you to be spiritually vigilant, âsaid the governor.
In his opening remarks, Secretary of State Government Mr. Chris Ezem said the day was a special day dedicated to prayer and fasting in Abia State to call on the Lord to heal Earth.
He recalled that Nigeria is on trial because banditry, kidnappings, insurgency among other social vices had become the order of the day, adding that the essence of the exercise was to call on God to intervene in them. state affairs.
Earlier in his sermon titled “OH LORD, HEAL OUR EARTH,” the Eastern Nigeria Conference Union president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor (Dr) Bassey Udo, said that the nation ” lives in a time when the sanctity of life is no longer respected, âadding that the Church needed to be more spiritually alive through prayer now than ever.
He urged Christians not to be afraid of the weather as God is ready to protect them despite the current challenges across the country.
In his speech, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Emmanuel Agomuo congratulated the governor on the organization of the prayer and fasting session and requested that he make it a regular exercise.
During this time, the order of the IPOB on the flags was largely obeyed by the Abians.
Earlier last Thursday, most banks in Aba and Umuahia had obeyed the order to withdraw the Nigerian flags.
The streets were deserted and empty of human beings. No stores have opened in Aba and Umuahia.
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