The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu, Friday, lead the people of the State to a one day prayer and fasting to commemoration Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
Speaking at the event held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu stressed the need for Nigerians to hold on to God for direction as the nation grapples with numerous challenges confronting including the need for peaceful coexistence.
He suggested that there is every cause for worry as the country has found itself in a near hopeless situation, with the state of insecurity of lives and property adding that, but for God, Nigerians would have lost all hope.
The Governor, however thanked God for his grace upon Abia, as the State has witnessed relative peace and security and has also made appreciable progress in the face of some difficulties.
He informed that it was 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 program.
Newsmirrorng gathered that the event featured 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.