Ikpeazu, Church Leaders task Nigerian Rulers on Equity and Justice as Nigeria marks 61st Independence Anniversary

Ikpeazu, Church Leaders task Nigerian Rulers on Equity and Justice as Nigeria marks 61st Independence Anniversary

FIC Report (Abia State) – Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has stressed the need for Nigerians to hold on to God for direction as the Nation grapples with existential numerous challenges confronting the Nation at a time like this.

The Governor made the call while speaking at the Abia Day of Fasting and Prayer with the theme:”Oh Lord Heal Our Land” held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia in commemoration of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.

Governor Ikpeazu noted that there is cause to worry as the country has found itself in a near hopeless situation, especially as it affects security of lives and property adding that but for God,Nigerians would have lost all hope.

He, however,thanked God for the grace upon Abia noting that despite difficulties,the State has witnessed relative peace and security and has also made appreciable progress.

The State Governor said that it is for the above reasons and others that he facilitated the fasting and prayer session to seek the face of God and prayed that God will heal our Land.

He used the forum to call for prayers for the ten Abia youths who will soon depart the State for India to further their education under the Abia Scholarship Programme.

In his opening remarks, the Secretary to the State government, Barr. Chris Ezem said the day is a special day dedicated for praying and fasting in Abia State for the Lord to heal the land.

He recalled that Nigeria is under trial as banditry, kidnapping, insurgency among other social vices have become the order of the day, adding that essence of the day is to call on God to intervene in the affairs of the state.

The President, Eastern Nigerian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor (Dr) Bassey Udoh preached the sermon at the service while the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Abia State Chapter, Apostle Emmanuel Agomuo lauded the Governor for organizing the prayer and fasting session and requested that it be made a regular programme.

Highlights of the event was Intercessory Prayers for the State and Nation while the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, the Deputy Governor, Sir. Ude Okochukwu and wife, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor ACB Agbazuere, Members of the State Executive Council and other Government Functionaries and Abians graced the prayer session.