Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has attributed the continued peaceful coexistence in Nigeria to prayers.
The governor made the assertion on Wednesday in Akure while playing host to the leadership of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim led by its Prelate, Dr David Bob-Mannuel.
Represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, the governor expressed gratitude to religious leaders and urged them not to relent in their prayers.
”It is a wonderful thing to see men of God, both Christians and Muslims, doing what we don’t even ask them, but they feel obliged that it is our country and we must hold it together.
“They always pray for the peace of the country, knowing when we have peace, we have everything.
”If you travel abroad or watch the television, you will see there is nothing compared with peace if you see what is going on in other countries.
“But here, even when we Express fear over the approaching election, the Christians will go inside their bedrooms and pray.
“The Muslims will go to their mosques and pray and everything will come and go quietly like that.
” This is not happening without the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters and Muslims,” he said.
Earlier, Bob-Mannuel said the visit was part of the routine missionary exercise of the church.
Bob-Manuel called on Christians and Nigerians at large to imbibe the fear of God as the panacea for the challenges being faced in the country.
He urged them to seek righteousness first, while God would add other things.
Bob-Mannuel charged Christians to exemplify the life of Jesus Christ in all their dealings, saying “Christianity is a practice, not mere oral confession.”
The clergy man used the occasion to pray for the government and people of Ondo State and the country.
Anniversary: Okowa thanks God, seeks prayers for victory over COVID-19
The governor gave the charge at an interdenominational Thanksgiving Service to mark the first anniversary of his second term in office, at the Government House Chapel, Asaba.
Okowa said that the global lockdown occasioned by the pandemic had led to slump in price of crude oil, which had remained Nigeria’s major source of revenue.
The governor, however, said that with God, there would be victory over the pandemic, urging the people to put their trust in Him.
He said that the thanksgiving was necessary because God made it possible for him and his deputy to emerge victorious in the last election.
“We thank God for making it possible for us to gather here today.
“If not for the season that we find ourselves, I am sure that by now we would have been at the Event Centre with many gospel artistes coming to perform for us, while we dance to glorify the name of God.
“I thank the Chaplain and his assistant for being able to arrange the Chapel in such a manner that we are able to obey the rules of the state, regarding COVID-19 protocols.
“It is unfortunate that all of us cannot worship the way we desire, but for those of us who are able to gather together and are able to call on the name of the Lord, He will answer us.
“For those who are at home praying and giving God glory for this day, as we celebrate our first year in the second term and the fifth year in office, we give God glory for their lives,” he said.
Quoting some verses in the Bible, the governor said: “It is necessary that we continue to praise the name of the Lord our God, because when He fights for us, we shall hold our peace.
“In the last five years, the Lord has continued to fight for us, and I am a witness to all the things He has done, even for the challenge that we have at the moment, we will continue to trust in His name”.
“Everybody is rushing to find the vaccine, but it is only when God permits, that the vaccine will come, because He is the one that gives us power to have knowledge to solve life’s challenges.
“The Lord has led us thus far these five years and we must recognise that it is the Lord that made it possible and I want to urge us to continue to call on the name of God, because He is ever faithful,” he said.
“The engines have stopped running and even vehicles have stopped moving. So, obviously it is a big challenge globally,” he said.
The governor said his administration had some targets which had been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
He, however, expressed confidence that even in the face of the current economic challenge, the Lord would turn things around and the things lined up to be done by the administration would be accomplished.
Okowa thanked God for a peaceful and united Delta under his watch in the last five years, especially among the various arms of government.
The Assistant Chaplain of the Chapel, Pastor Matthew Ezedom, in his sermon, themed: “I Know my Redeemer Liveth”, said that it was important to give God thanks, because “it is God that protects all’’.
The pastor urged Christians to always put their trust in God.
“He alone can keep us away from all evil,” the cleric said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Turkey resumes limited mass prayers at mosques as virus curbs ease
Turkey resumed mass prayers at a limited number of mosques on Friday after a break of more than two months, as Ankara eased restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey suspended prayers in March among a range of measures including stay-at-home orders, travel bans and closures of shops and restaurants. However, Ankara has started to ease restrictions after a decline in infection and death rates.
Thousands of worshippers headed to mosques across Turkey for communal prayers on Friday.
“We were experiencing a troublesome period emotionally and in terms of our faith.
“Thank God, it started today despite the measures, being able to pray makes us happy,” said Emrullah Ezgin, a clothing seller in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
Alongside the reopening of mosques, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday intercity travel restrictions will be lifted and cafes, restaurants, gyms, museums, and beaches will reopen on June 1.
The resumption of communal worship was regulated by strict guidelines to minimize infection risks, limited to certain mosques and outdoor public spaces, the religious affairs directorate (Diyanet) said.
Initially, only Friday, noon and afternoon prayers will be permitted and worshippers must wear face masks, Diyanet said last week.
“Everyone must bring their own prayer mats or use single-use mats provided at mosques.
“Limits were set on the number of worshippers and the ground will be marked to ensure social distancing,” it said.
Koranic verses were to be recited at the Hagia Sophia on Friday to commemorate the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, a rare occurrence at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Hagia Sophia was the main cathedral in Christendom for 900 years before becoming a mosque for 500 years until 1935, when it was converted to a museum.
Last year, Erdogan said he planned to change its status back to a mosque.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
COVID-19: Group calls for intensified prayers to end virus
A Bauchi based-religious group, Solidarity Movement for COVID-19, has urged Christians in the state to intensify prayers, so that God will grant wisdom to the nation’s political leaders in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Chairman of the group, Pastor Zakka Magaji, made the call on behalf of the group in Bauchi on Friday at the end of a one-day prayer and fasting to mark the first anniversary of Gov. Bala Muhammad’s administration.
“Prayer is one of the instruments the country needs to succeed in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ Mogaji said, adding that the exercise was to beseech God’s protection over the affairs of the state, especially, in the areas of peace and unity.
“On behalf of this group, I call on every Christian in the state to continue to pray to God to grant wisdom to our political leaders in the country so that they will be able to tackle the novel Coronavirus pandemic once and for all.
“The one day fasting and prayer we embarked upon was to seek God’s protection over the affairs of the state, especially, in the areas of peace and unity under the leadership of Gov. Bala Muhammed,” he said.
The cleric also called on citizens of the state to intensify prayers for the state governor in his efforts to lift the state to a gteater height.
Also speaking, Rev. Kumber Gudor, charged Christians to redouble their efforts in prayer so as to end security challenges in some parts of the country.
He also called on Christians to remain humble in their endeavours and shun wickedness, adding that their prayers would be answered by so doing.
In his address, Mr Joshua Sanga, the Executive Chairman, Budget Monitoring, Price intelligence and Public Procurement Unit (Due Process), commended the group for organising the prayer and fasting.
He said it was timely considering the efforts of the governor in one year in office which cut across both human and physical developments.
Sanga also called on the residents of the state to rally round the state governor to succeed in the discharge of his mandate.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/ Peter Dada (NAN)
Gov. Masari relaxes lockdown for Friday prayers, Church services
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has approved for the relaxing of the COVID-19 lockdown to allow Muslim faithful observe Friday congregational prayers in the state.
Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa the Secretary to the State Government, said this in a statement in Katsina.
Inuwa said that the governor also lifted the ban on Church services every Sunday as well as inter local government travel across the state.
He, however, advised the people to adhere strictly to health and security advises like wearing of facemasks, physical distancing, washing of hands with soap and running water and use of sanitisers.
Inuwa said that the decision was to enable Muslim and Christian faithful observe their religious activities.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Man heads towards mosque before offering Eid al-Fitr prayers during COVID-19 lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kinsmen organise prayers for Gambari
The ancestral community of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Erubu/Asunnara/Ita Aburo in Ilorin, Kwara, on Monday, organised a special prayer for his successful tenure as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
An Islamic scholar, Alhaji Uthman Erubu, who led the prayer, thanked Allah for the appointment of Gambari, whom he described as an illustrious son, to the Buhari-led administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other attendees also recited Quran to pray to Allah for a successful tenure in office for Gambari.
In his sermon, Dr Ridwan Olagunju of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, urged Ilorin youths to emulate the good deeds of past leaders to guarantee a better future.
”The past deeds of Gambari, as a reputable international bureaucrat, were responsible for his appointment, in spite of the fact that he is not a politician,” he said.
He advised the CoS to bring his past experiences to fore in finding solutions to the myriad of challenges currently bedevilling the country.
Earlier in his remarks, Dr Abdulrahman Mustapha of the Kwara State University, said that Gambari had made positive impacts in the community.
He described the former diplomat as a good ambassador of the community, saying that he had represented it well in various capacities, both nationally and internationally.
The don urged the youth to work assiduously for the development of their home community, wherever they might find themselves.
He prayed Allah to guide and guard Gambari in the new assignment.
NAN reports that the prayer session was attended by traditional chiefs as well as sons and daughters of the community.
Gambari, an Ilorin prince, was appointed the chief of staff to replace Malam Abba Kyari, who died of complications from coronavirus on April 17.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Eid-el-fitr: IPMAN seeks prayers for peaceful coexistence
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on Muslim faithful to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians during the Eid-el-fitr celebration.
IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo made the call in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Federal Government had declared May 25 and 26 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-fitr celebration.
Okoronkwo said the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan include fervent prayers, piety, goodwill and sacrifice which were all critical for nation building and national development.
He said: “On behalf of the National Executive of IPMAN and its Board of Trustees, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they mark Eid-el-fitr.
“I urge them to continue to pray for the unity and peaceful coexistence of our beloved nation during this critical moment.
“We are all aware of the challenges posed to our economy by the COVID-19 pandemic and crash in global crude oil prices and we believe that with prayers and sacrifices, Nigeria will surmount these challenges.”
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Zulum calls for prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic
Zulum,who made the call in his Sallah message in Maiduguri, congratulated Muslims for their successful completion of the Ramadan fasting.
The governor, in the message presented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, to newsmen also prayed to God to reward their fasting and prayers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Zulum alongside other dignitaries including Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai, wore face masks.
They also observed social distancing during the Eid prayers at Ramat Square prayer ground.
The prayer was led by Imam Shetima Mamman ,who in a short sermon, also called for unity in the country and prayers to end COVID-19.
He also urged muslims to always imbibe and live by the teachings learnt in the holy month of Ramadan.
Edited By: Victor Asije/Peter Dada (NAN)
Eid-el Fitr: Speaker felicitates with Muslims, urges prayers
The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Sunday felicitated with Muslims as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr.
Abdullahi also urged the faithful to offer special prayers to solve the country’s myraid of problems.
The speaker expressed himself in his sallah message issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Gwamna, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi.
While congratulating Muslims for successful completion of Ramadan fast and Sallah celebration, he said there was need for Nigerians to intensify prayers against coronavirus and other emerging challenges.
Abdullahi enjoined Muslims to sustain the spirit of Ramadan and called on religious leaders to continue to preach peace and unity among their subjects.
”I urge all of us to continue adhering strictly to all the safety measures against COVID-19, frequent washing of hands, embrace social distancing, use of face masks and maintain personal and environmental hygiene.
”If this is done by all of us, it will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus in the country,” he said.
He also called on well-to-do Nigerians to support the less-privileged ones among them in order to improve on their standard of living.
The speaker said the state legislature would readily give the government the necessary support in the fight against COVID-19 and ensure the success of people oriennted programmes.
He urged residents of the state to continue to live in peace, be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and be their brother’s keepers for development to thrive.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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