Awka – The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has called on Nigerians to reflect on the country’s challenges with a view to finding lasting solution to them.
The church made the call at its 2015 prayer rally by the Anambra chapter, entitled “Total Restoration’’ at the Ekwueme Square, Awka on Saturday.
Reading from the Book of Joel, Chapters one and two, Rt. Rev Samuel Ezeofor, Bishop of Ogbaru Diocese of the church, said all was not well in the country.
Ezeofor said that it was only thorough examination of the causes of the nation’s problems that Nigerians could provide the best solution to them, adding that Nigerians needed to seek the face of God.
“We must investigate and analyse the situation before solving the problems for restoration.
“We have to examine the causes of our problems and genuinely ask God for restoration of the glory of our country, Nigeria and of our state, Anambra,” he said.
In his address of welcome, Most. Rev. Christian Efobi, Archbishop of Aguata Diocese, said the rally was important for peace and progress of Anambra.
Efobi, who expressed gratitude to members of the church for coming out enmasse to pray as a family, prayed God to intervene in the affairs of Anambra.
The Archbishop listed some of the challenges facing the country to include economic meltdown, insecurity, hunger, unemployment, kidnapping, injustice, corruption, diseases, untimely death, ungodliness.
These, according to him, were weapons the devil was using to torment the world and that by the extension, everybody, state and nation.
“The prayers should touch our hearts to live in peace and harmony in Anambra and indeed, Nigeria,’’ he said.
He thanked the Anambra Government for its contribution to the success of the programme and urged politicians to not only support such programmes but actively participate in them.
He stressed that their genuine prayers could make the difference.
In his remark, Gov. Willie Obiano, who pledged government’s continued support for the church, urged Christians not to relent in prayers for the nation.
He announced the donation of two 32 seater buses to the Boy’s Brigade and Girls Brigade for their activities.
Also, the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Dr Alex Ibezim, in his address as host bishop, called on the people to seek the face of God in every challenge they faced.
Ibezim also advised Obiano to ignore any form of request from anywhere to marginalise any denomination in the state. (NAN)