By Nick Chibunna
Women in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru have cried to God to, as a matter of urgency, “summon the leaders of the nation to a crucial meeting with Him”, over the present economic down-turn in Nigeria.
The women, who practically turned the annual harvest thanksgiving service at St. John’s (Ang) Church, Amaimo, into a harvest of tears and broken spirit, specifically invoked God’s intervention in Imo State as well as the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tears flowed freely as the chaplain of the Diocesan Women Organization, Ven. John Akahara, led the intercessory prayer, asking the women to pray for divine intervention in the nation.
The women pleaded with God to save Nigeria from the present economic downturn, political unrest, marginalization and exclusion of certain sections of the country from key appointments irrespective of Federal character provision in the constitution, rising unemployment despite the too much talk on job creation, glaring tribalism, terrorism, including Boko Haram, insurgency Fulani herdsmen and their Islamic agenda, agitation in the South East and South South, high cost of transportation and food items.
It was a session of great lamentation when the case of Imo State was mentioned as parishioners raised their heads and hands in penitence and wept unto God over mass demolition of people’s property and dislocation of traders and mechanics.
Other prayer points were payment of salaries and pensions, the worsening unemployment despite too much noise about job-job-job, and factory-factory-factory, and the present destruction of the civil service in the state.
The women prayed for forgiveness, as the people might have made a mistake by enthroning the present system.