With the tension that pervaded the land following the recently postponed elections, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has urged all Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and unity of the nation.
Gowon, who is Convener of the Nigeria Prays, said this in Gombe on Saturday when he visited the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Mr Tha’anda Rubainu.
According to a report monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the convener said that the Nigeria Prays project was initiated in order to pray for the leadership, people and lasting peace in Nigeria as part of the members’ contribution to the development of the country.
“This is our contribution to see to the peace and wellbeing of Nigeria.
“Where we human beings cannot do, through prayers, God can do something which you and I do not know how it is going to happen.
“The good Lord knows what he is doing to change the hearts and minds of those who are doing the wrong thing against the country and the people
“The Lord turns that into positive contributors to the peace and wellbeing of the country,” he said.
The former Head of State said when he was at the helm of affairs in the country he did not renege on prayers.
He said he believed it was prayers that sustained the country at that time and not the power of weaponry of the federal government.
Gowon explained that Nigeria Prays was a programme, which encompassed both Christians and Muslims who were having prayer sessions in their respective ways of worship.
The former head of state commended Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo for the infrastructure developments he had provided in the state and urged him to sustain it.
Responding, Rubainu said God was with Nigeria and has the final say for what will happen in the country.
He said both Christians and Muslims in the country needed each other and that prayer, such as the one offered by the group, was inevitable.
The deputy governor said Gombe, which shared borders with the states bedeviled by insurgency, was witnessing an influx of persons displaced by the crises in the affected states.
Rubainu expressed the belief that the prayer sessions and those being offered around the nation would ensure lasting peace in the North-east.
Gowon, who was in the state for the prayer session, was conducted round some of the projects executed by the Dankwambo administration in Gombe.
Thisday News – Culled from http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pray-for-peace-unity-gowon-urges-nigerians/202511/