FORMER Head of State and leader of the Nigeria Prays Movement, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has charged Nigerians to not only pray for peace but work for it through what they say and do.
He said this as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, said he believes in the efficacy of prayers, noting that with prayers, Nigeria can work. He maintained that his victory as governor of the state is a testimony that sincere prayers to God get answered.
The two leaders spoke at the Government House, Osogbo, yesterday, during a courtesy visit on the governor by the leadership of the Nigeria Prays Movement, led by Gowon.
Gowon, who described Oyetolas victory as one ordained by God, commended the governor for taking deliberate step to maintain peace in the state. While urging Nigerians to work and pray for peace, the former leader maintained that peace is sine qua non to socioeconomic growth and development.
He called for attitudinal change among Nigerians, saying peace and harmony could only be achieved in a refined society.
I am delighted and grateful to God for the opportunity to be here to pray for peace, unity, stability and progress of this country.
We are here to pray for the well-being of Nigerians and for the leadership of Nigeria from President Muhammadu Buhari to state governors, particularly those in the Southwest.
Our yearning for peace is very overwhelming, and as members of the movement, our role is to pray for the unity, peace and stability of our country. I had thought that after the civil war, we will not see any more crises. But what we have seenit is unfortunate that after civil war, our nation has been battling with serial security challenges ranging from Boko Haram; kidnapping; banditry and lots more. If the security forces cannot do it, God has the power to change evil men to be good again, just like he did to Saul.
We have to be careful so that we dont push ourselves into doing things that will make us hate ourselves. I must also commend the governor for the warm reception. I have never had such a wonderful welcome before, Gowon said.
Responding, Governor Oyetola attributed some challenges confronting the country to lack of faith in God, urging Nigerians to renew their faith. He also commended the former Head of State for displaying high sense of commitment to achieving a united country.
I feel highly honoured to receive our former Head of State in Osun as I consider this visit a great honour considering the fact that you are a man of integrity, a man of honour and a man of peace.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Prays Movement Team, accompanied by the governor and his wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, was also at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, Larooye II.
While receiving them, the Osogbo monarch maintained that Nigeria had remained as one today because of the efforts of Gowon.
He described Gowon as one of the countrys best. He said, His commitment to the unity of Nigeria was the reason his name Gowon had been fondly rephrased as Go on With One Nigeria. General Yakubu Gowon is the best and the luckiest of all the Nigerian leaders. Because he is a good manager, he has maintained himself well and remained healthy even in old age. He loves the country and is committed to our unity as a country.