The Fulani herdsmen responsible for hundreds of killings in the middle belt of the country must be brought to justice according to Nigeria’s former head of state, and one time longest serving military dictator, General Yakubu Gowon.
“I want to appeal to the government to identify and deal with the culprits and ensure justice to the aggrieved. We must rise to condemn needles bloodletting and clashes, hate speeches and
all manner of evil,” Gowon said, speaking at a two-day national prayer rally of “Nigeria Prays”, 2nd July, at St. Martins De Porres Catholic Church, GRA, Katsina, northern Nigeria.
Nigeria Prays is the initiative of the former military general which brings churches from different denominations together in prayers for the country.
Gowon said the ongoing killings necessitated the “need for more prayers for those in authority to be able to deal with the problems. we are gathered here in the true spirit of worship; we intercede fervently at this difficult time for our dear nation. The situation in Nigeria calls for prayers and best wishes from men of goodwill.”
“If not for God’s abundant mercy and grace,” Gowon pointed out, “the nation would have been plunged into another round of crises.”
He encouraged Christians never to relent in prayers. “Let us be assured that our prayers are not in vain. I can say this with every authority that prayer can solve problems better and faster than generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.” Gowon added.
“I have no doubt in my heart that God will honor our collective prayers and intercession for our nation and heal our nation of insecurity.”
The former leader pointed out that the current challenges have continuously been created by Nigerians unwilling to change their bad attitude.
Dr Moses Aransiola, National Director, of the organization, Nigeria Prays, said “Nigeria is indeed a nation of destiny, and as seen in various instances in the scripture, the enemy is always out to ferociously attack the glorious destinies of nations or personalities. This informed the continued challenges we have been facing as a nation,” Aransiola said and asking Christians to remain resolute in Christ despite the current challenges.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.