The 78-year-old Cardinal who started his Episcopal Ministry in January 1983 as Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Ilorin Diocese expressed concern about “the apparent inability of the state to restore peace and normalcy, despite frequent assurances.”
“Rumors have been making the rounds that the government may perhaps be lacking not just the ability, but the political will to do the needful,” he further said, a situation that he added, “has led to a heightened sense of insecurity, with negative impact on a peaceful national harmony and fruitful economic life.”
“This past week has seen a fresh wave of reports of imminent terrorist attack targeting the Abuja Federal Capital,” he said in reference to terror alerts various media reported, yet, he added, the government of Africa most populous nation “has been issuing assurances of being in control of the situation.”
The Catholic Archbishop emeritus of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese faulted the government’s assurances, saying, “The low level of trust of the general public in their government is rendering such assurances of little effective value.”
The situation has made it “imperative for Christians to rise and intercede for the land,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said.
Quoting from the Second Book of Chronicles, the Nigerian Cardinal said, “If my people, who bear my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my presence, and turn from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land.”
The national prayer day focused on national security and peace, economic prosperity, and national unity. Prayers were also made for good governance and leadership in Nigeria as well as for peaceful elections slated for 25 February 2023.
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Publish date : 2022-11-06 06:13:59