Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Worshippers offer prayers for God’s intervention in 2013

01 January 2013, 11:53

Abuja - Worshippers in Abuja offered special prayers for God’s intervention in Nigeria’s numerous challenges and wisdom for its leaders at church services to usher in the new year. In many of the churches visited by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the eve of the New Year, the faithful sang praises to God and offered special prayers for Nigeria, its people and leaders.

At the ECWA Church in Wuse II, the faithful sang and praised God, read relevant Bible passages and offered special prayers for the country. In an interview, the senior pastor of the Church, Rev. Barje Maigadi, assured Nigerians of God’s love for Nigeria. He predicted that God had designated the year to address the numerous challenges confronting the economy and the people of Nigeria.

Maigadi called on politicians and Nigerian leaders to work for the good of the people by raising their standard of living. He said that God would use Nigerians to improve on the economy and make things better. The clergyman urged Nigerians to continue to persevere and imbibe the habit of togetherness and care in 2013. Also at Abuja Breakthrough Chapel in Area 11, Garki District, Bishop Ben Oruma said the year held great promises for Nigeria but urged the people to work hard and pray for God’s intervention in the nation’s affairs.

At the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Area 1, worshippers offered special prayers for members of the church and the country. Pastor Dele Babade, the pastor in-charge of Province 4 of RCCG, urged political leaders in Nigeria to be united irrespective of their religious and political affiliations. Babade said that there was no need for bickering among politicians, stressing that division among politicians would not encourage development.

He urged the leadership of the country to be more sincere with their programmes of alleviating poverty and improving the economy. He urged all Nigerians irrespective of their backgrounds to work harder in the new year. Babade called on the Federal Government to initiate measures to dialogue with aggrieved groups in parts of the country in the interest of peace and unity.

He predicted a more prosperous and fulfilling year in 2013. The story was the same at the All Christian Fellowship Mission, Maitama as the faithful praised and worshipped God at the traditional crossover service. Worshippers were excited at the service conducted by the General Overseer of the Church, Rev. Williams Okoye. Okoye said although the situation in the country was frightening, God was in control and would intervene at the appointed time.

He said that God was on the side of Nigerians and added that no situation was insurmountable or too difficult for Him to handle. NAN reports that loud noises of praises were heard from most of the churches in the city centre and beyond as worshippers celebrated the New Year.


Tags abuja

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...