• Tasks leaders on Godly virtues
By Christiana Ekpa
Christian Legislators Fellowship of the Nigeria National Assembly, yesterday disclosed that it will hold th 2017 National Breakfast Prayer in hounor of Nigeria at 57
This was just as the Christian Fellowship tasked Nigerian leaders on the need to exhibit Godly virtues in the course of leading the nation.
President of the fellowship, Sen. Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue) while briefing newsmen at the National Assembly Complex on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the briefing was a pre-event for the 8th National Prayer Breakfast organised by the fellowship.
He said for the past seven years, the organisation had hosted the National Prayer Breakfast which was a spiritual exercise that marked a water-shed in the history of Nigeria.
He said the prayer programme which holds significantly in the month of Oct., sought to convene people of all faith, tribe and creed to appeal to God for righteousness and godliness in leadership and to commemorate the 57th Independent Anniversary.
“The event is being organized both to commemorate the 57th independence Anniversary of our nationhood as a regular Christian Parliamentary responsibility of reminding ourselves, leaders of Nigeria and from many other countries, that we need Gods blessing and auction in everything we do and in accordance with international parliamentary tradition.
“The Nigerian Prayer Breakfast took its cue from the American Prayer Breakfast which President Dwight Eisenhower began in 1953. For Eisenhower, faith, patriotism and free enterprise were the fundamentals of a strong nation. But of the three, faith comes first.”
Gemade further explained that the programme was regarded as an opportunity to seek the Lord’s guidance and re-dedication of Nigeria and her people in re-alignment with Gods purposes.
“God willing, on Thursday, Oct. the National Prayer Breakfast would be at its 8th year running,” Gemade said.
He noted that since the past seven years, Nigeria’s political and socio – economic landscape had been characterised by threats which had both regional and international implications.
“To Nigerians, those years could have seen our dear country emerge stronger from the shocks and effects of the global economic crisis. We have, however, weathered these storms; we are still at present, a reflection of a country at the brinks.
“Recently, hate speech, divisive and secessionist quests raised their ugly heads, but we fortunately overcame. The delivery of public values has seized to be the essence of governance as our fellow countrymen can barely access basic social necessities.”
The lawmaker further said that these challenges had shaken the very foundation of the Nigerian people’s faith in leadership.
He urged leaders to not just lead by the principles of parliamentary practice, but by Godly virtues already inherent in everybody.
“And moral forthrightness which is only attainable when we ask for leadership directions from whom we all acknowledge as our creator the all-knowing God.”
According to him, the theme of this year’s event is “Reconciliation: Gods Power and the New Pathway to National Unity” and would be held on Thursday, Oct. 26. At the International Conference Centre Abuja.
The Keynote Address would be delivered by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Also to be in attendance are, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, ministers, members of the National Assembly and leaders in the political, religious and economic sphere.