Worshippers in Abuja offered special prayers for God's intervention in Nigeria's numerous challenges and wisdom for its leaders at church services to usher in the New Year.
In many of the churches visited on the eve of the New Year, the faithful sang praises to God and offered special prayers for Nigeria, its people and leaders.
At the ECWA Church in Wuse II, the faithful sang and praised God, read relevant Bible passages and offered special prayers for the country. In an interview, the senior pastor of the church, Rev. Barje Maigadi, assured Nigerians of God's love for Nigeria. He predicted that God had designated the year to address the numerous challenges confronting the economy and the people of Nigeria. Maigadi called on politicians and Nigerian leaders to work for the good of the people by raising their standard of living.
Also at Abuja Breakthrough Chapel in Area 11, Garki District, Bishop Ben Oruma, said the year held great promises for Nigeria but urged the people to work hard and pray for God's intervention in the nation's affairs.
At the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Area 1, worshippers offered special prayers for members of the church and the country. Pastor Dele Babade, the pastor in-charge of Province 4 of RCCG, urged political leaders in Nigeria to be united irrespective of their religious and political affiliations.
He urged the leadership of the country to be more sincere with their programmes of alleviating poverty and improving the economy.
Babade called on the Federal Government to initiate measures to dialogue with aggrieved groups in parts of the country in the interest of peace and unity.
He predicted a more prosperous and fulfilling year in 2013. The story was the same at the All Christian Fellowship Mission, Maitama as the faithful praised and worshipped God at the traditional crossover service. Worshippers were excited at the service conducted by the General Overseer of the Church, Rev. Williams Okoye. Okoye said although the situation in the country was frightening, God was in control and would intervene at the appointed time.
He said that God was on the side of Nigerians and added that no situation was insurmountable or too difficult for Him to handle. NAN reports that loud noises of praises were heard from most of the churches in the city centre and beyond as worshippers celebrated the New Year. (NAN)