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Insecurity: Gowon holds prayer rally in Kano

By Fanen Ihyongo, Kano

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Sunday held a one-day prayer rally in Kano State to seek God’s intervention over security challenges, socio-economic and political instability in the country.

The curtain dropped on the event at the Calvary Life Assembly, Nomansland, Kano. It had Awake, put on strength O arm of the Lord as its theme.

Participants came from Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa states and other parts of the Northwest region.

Gen. Gowon, who is the chairman and convener of Nigeria Prays, spoke virtually, saying the prayer meeting was to seek divine intervention to the “myriads of problems and unprecedented challenges” confronting the nation.

“Our gathering in Kano today is an expression of our love and faith in our country Nigeria, for God to hear our prayer and heal the land.

“We are bringing before our Lord the myriads of our problems: insecurity, banditry, murders, political, economic and social problems. God, help us find solution to all these problems that have given our country a bad image.

“Lord, hear our sincere confession of our wrongs in the past and present and forgive us as a people and nation. We ask for forgiveness and mercy. Lord, heal our nation and heal us individually and collectively,” the ex-Head of State prayed.

He prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other leaders of the country, including governors, senators, federal and state lawmakers, council officials, clerics and student leaders.

“May the Lord God, through Jesus, give the. (leaders) the power of righteousness to lead with the fear of God for all to rejoice,” Gowon prayed.

Bishop Ransom Bello said described as unfortunate that Nigeria was becoming a poor despite its rich background.

The cleric said: “We want a change – not a political change but a change for a better Nigeria in the interest of all, where there is no tribalism, nepotism, corruption and insecurity; but where there is peace, good leaders and buoyant economy.

“Security should not be left in the hands of the military alone. We, as a religious institution, have done our part which is through prayers which I believe will put the fractions of the country together. So, every concerned person should do his part without being silent.

“Gowon, a General, knows that this kind of battle can never be won only with the use of guns and other material weapons. That is why he convened this prayer meeting,” Bello said.

Guest speaker Bishop Zakka Nyam recalled how when growing up he would traverse parts of the country at any time of the day without running into the hands of bandits.

He said: “I would arrive in Sokoto at night and sleep anywhere, woke up at 5a.m, brush and eat bread and hit the road and arrived my village safely without being molested.

“That is why Gowon who loves the unity of Nigeria has decided that, since the armed forces alone cannot do it, we should cry unto the Lord who created this country.”

The cleric urged Gowon to invite Obasanjo and Jonathan to pray together, adding that President Buhari should in turn invite Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar for the prayers.

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