This Day (Lagos)

12 May 2014

Nigeria: UK Churches Offer Prayers for Chibok Girls

London — Nigerians and non-Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom Sunday gathered in their numbers to pray for the safe release of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by members of the terrorist Boko Haram.

Also embedded in the prayer titled: "Nigerians in Diaspora Pray," was a clarion call for Nigerians to plead with God to deliver the country from all manner of atrocities perpetrated by wicked and dissident elements under any guise. The prayer, which was held at the Fathers House International Church, Burnt Oak in North London, was organised by the Goodluck Support Group (GSG) UK, led by its leader, Mr. Austin Ajaero.

Speaking during the planned two-hour church service, the Pastor and founder of the church, Rex Chosen, remarked that what was happening in Nigeria was a prophetic event that was orchestrated by God. He said though God does not break protocols, He still requires the church to pray for Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan in all ramifications.

Quoting verses from the bible to corroborate his prayer points, the pastor said it was God that chose President Jonathan, not because he was the most qualified person or because he was from the South-south of the country, but for God's glory to manifest.

Chosen said kidnapping the school children by Boko Haram was crossing the line of God and in-fact, touching God's eyes, hence the whole world shouted, roared and acted to rescue those innocent girls.

Deliberately exonerating the church from any political affiliations, the pastor said, "We are not politicians, but the Lord has given the church a mandate to pray for the nation and those in authority that everyone may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

Also, another reason he gave why the church should continually pray in season and out of season was for God to forgive the sins of the country. He quoted the book of second Chronicles 7: 14 in the Bible to rekindle the faith of his hearers to pray zealously.

Also, Pastor Wale Oladimeji of Guiding Light Assembly, UK, led other prayer topics which concentrated on peace, tolerance and unity of the country.

He said the prayer was a celebration of good over evil. He said Nigerians should thank God because light had come against darkness and no-matter what, God had power over the universe.

He said unity defines peace and prosperity in any given nation. He therefore pleaded that God should reach all arms of government and demonstrate His power over any form of evil.

Oladimeji unequivocally stated that despite the numerous shame brought to the country by some people, that God would have mercy and take away the wrath that had befallen the entire nation.

He added that as righteousness increased, development would follow, all bound by the progress of God. The prayer for the family whose children were kidnapped was led by Pastor Michael Omawumi Efueye, a resident pastor at the Fathers House International Church.

He said the fight against Boko Haram was a spiritual battle. "I don't want the UK or US to find those girls in a natural way, but God should arise and set the girls free.

"I thank God for what Boko Haram did by abducting those girls. They looked for God's trouble and God will reveal Himself to them," he maintained.

Leading the last prayer point was the Pastor of Believers Fellowship Prayer Ministry, Mr. Gbenga Olayiwole, as he represented the High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida.

He asked God to cause confusion in the camp of Boko Haram members and other enemies of the country. Prayers for the country's security system, the international communities that are supporting to free the schoolgirls were observed.

Meanwhile, GSG is a group that supported the emergence of President Jonathan to become a full-fledged president and is championing his second term bid.

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