Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Henry Ndukuba, has called on Nigerians not to lose hope but to pray for the country, especially as the country marks 60 years.
According to him, “there is still hope for Nigeria and if we seek the Lord, we shall find him.”
In his independence message to Nigerians at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Gwarinpa, Abuja on October 1, Primate Ndukuba recalled the complex problems facing the country, which include insecurity, corruption, unemployment, and lawlessness.
He lamented, especially the state of insecurity in the central and north-eastern parts of the country and pointed out that, “In the states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, there has been insecurity for years and the Nigerian Army is unable to restore peace, who are those funding them? Who are those supplying the arms? Are they not people among us?”
He said until Nigerians repent and come out of self-deceit, the country would continue to experience problems. He urged both leaders and followers to “cry out to God” for redemption of the country.
He also reminded Christians that they are “fighting principalities and powers in high places” and as such they should pray like King Asa did in the Bible. He assured them that God will answer their prayers, even as he prayed for a turnaround and healing for the church as well as the nation.
He said: “This month, October shall be our month of Jubilee. The Lord shall hear and answer us.”
Ndukuba, who is optimistic that God will raise people who will transform Nigeria, called on Christians not to envy the wicked, especially as they prosper in their evil ways.
“Abuja was the vision of one man, late Murtala Mohammed, and it was achieved and today is a big city, why can’t our leaders also take many of the forests around us and turn them into cities with industries?
“Even though they may seem to be darkness, there will soon be light,” he said. This month shall be the month of our freedom, chains will be broken and those in bondage shall be set free. May there be healing of souls, healing in our bodies and in our land,” he prayed