It was a solemn atmosphere at Micheal Okpara Auditorium as scores of people, prayer intercessors and clergies from different denomination in Abia state gathered to seek God’s divine intervention to ending the Boko Haram activities in the Northern part of the country.
The quiet and heart rendering gathering organized by the Office of the wife of the governor and in conjunction with the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) saw the many of the congregation clad in black attire to reflect their pensive mood wept bitterly as they prayed on the security challenges in the country and the possible fate of the abducted school girls.
They offered intercessory prayers to God seeking his intervention on the matter particularly the abducted school girls and other Boko Haram abductees, for peace and unity of the country particularly end to insurgencies and blood spilling in the country, wisdom for the leaders and development of the Abia state.
Preaching a sermon, “Deliverance from Captivity”, the state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Goddy Okafor said that contrary to what us to believe even when we don’t see him working but that Satan is actually behind the scene working things out against this nation.
Bishop Okafor who cited various Bible passages to buttress the topic stated that the aim of the enemy was to hold the people captive so that they would not offer up the sacrifice of praises unto our God and put the people in condition of confinement so that we would not be able to allow our light to shine before others.
He said the girls presently in state of captivity have been forcibly restrained by their captors and their parents in a distressed state for weeks now were part of satan grand plan against humanity stating that though the destinies of the girls are stake at stake but God is looking for an intercessors who would stand in the gap between God, the Almighty and another individual interceding, pleading and standing in defence of that individual.
The man of God stated that what they have come was to seek our god by praying for the release of the abducted girls by the Boko Haram sect through releasing the power of God to work for us and that power would be release to save and preserve us through agnoising in prayer.
Some of the intercessors who spoke to our Correspondnt including Psts Emeka Awa, Silas Ike, Mrs Charity Ogbonna and Mrs Oluchi Abraham expressed the hope that the prayers offered would draw down the powers of God in the country and ensured the release of the Chibok school girls and an end to activities of the Boko Haram.
They further commended the wife of the governor, Mrs Mercy Odochi Orji for organizing the solemn assembly for residents of the state to seek the face of god over the security challenges in the country and expressed the hope that just like the similar solemn assembly led by Mrs Orji in 2009 led to the release of kidnapped school children in Aba and end to kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state, the gathering would lead to freedom to the school girls and peace in the country.
The wife of the deputy governor, Lady Nene Ananaba had earlier read the Bible passage taken from Acts 12:1-11 during the service which featured prayers, praises and adoration.