Yemisi Ajayi Ibadan
Over five thousand people from within Oyo state yesterday gathered at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan to pray for nation.
The number which cuts across all political divides and economic strata witness clerics from both the christian and islamic faith raised the voices in praise and prayer for turnaround and divine visitation on the country
Special prayers were raise on the economy, security, peace, progress and unity of the nation, Oyo state and the indigenes and safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari back to the country
Aside the numerous number of clerics who were on hand to lead the various prayers, religious musicians from both the Christian and muslim faith were also on hand to sing to add colour to the event
In their separate short exhortations, Apostle Sunday Popoola, of the Word Communication Ministriees (WOCOM) and Sheik Muhideen Ajani-Bello, a reknown islamic preacher enjoined the people not to loose fate in the country or the present political administration, but that the people must make positive confessions at all times
The preachers further called for peace and support of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration noting that regular prayers for the political leaders will go a long way in turning things around for the good of the country
The state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi in his remarks noted that the prayer programme is more than a prayer session for President Buhari recovery alone but for the entire country to prosper and allow peace reign
He express confident that the nation is getting better and things are improving by the day as the international price of crude in already improving. He assures that within the next three to six months, things would have stabilised better
He said: “this event is organised for three reasons. First, it is to appreciate God for all he has done for us so that he can do more. Secondly, we are here to seek God’s guidance as to how to lead this nation. And thirdly, it is to pray for the sound health of our President, vice President, leaders of the National Assembly and all our leaders both at the National and state level.
“I pray that the country will continue to progress. The prayer I’d not for Buhari alone but for all of us as the leaders and the led. It is not fair for anybody to wish another person death.
“Nigeria is getting better. The crude oil price has increased tremendously in the international market and I know for sure that within the next three to six months, things will have improve lot more. Let us all just work more together.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Relations, Mr. Siyanbade said idea of praying together “for the state in particular and Nigeria in General was conceived by the muslim and christians leaders who felt that something is missing in our national life and that missing link is coming together to pray for the country.
“As a developing country, we are bedevilled by many vices. The country is face with the problem of religious insurgences in the North East of the country which had claimed many lives, kidnapping for ransom is very rampant in all parts of the country, economic sabotage of policies and economic recession are all affecting social, political and economic life of the country”
He express belief that the opportunity to pray for the leaders would imbibe in them the wisdom to lead the country aright
Traditional rulers from across the state also partake of the event. Some of the traditional ruler at the event include: the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, representatives of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola among others