Economic Recession: Delta CAN Makes Case For Nigeria

12cBY ANDREW IKEHI
IF my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will i hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14
The above statement drawn from the king James version of the holy writ, the Bible is both instructive and punchy.
Technically, it paints a situational picture of distress, worry, hopelessness and trouble in the land, particularly during the reign of the World’s acclaimed richest and wisest man on planet earth, King Solomon as recorded in the scriptures.
Again, and instructive too, the same verse of the scripture, descriptively outlined measures and ways to wriggle out of the challenge should it occur and that is; if the people should pray, seek the face of God and turn from their wicked ways.
Simple.And the results, again, according to the same bible verse, God said, “Then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
Well, as I do not intend to sound extremely religious nor bore you with bible stories, it is important to state that one individual who understands the dynamics of this biblical statement was a Jewish heroine, Esther, who by her great courage and devotion to her people saved them from being exterminated by their enemies as, particularly recorded in the bible book of Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise ; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the laws; and if I perish, I perish”
While these can be easily dismissed to be, perhaps, Bible stories, the fact remains that the content as systemically captured, cannot be said to be different from the current situation within the Nigerian state. The current economic, political and security situation in the country, no doubt, requires a solemn assembly, a clarion call for both individual and collective prayers for God to intervene and; heal the land.
And that is it.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 can aptly be said to be a day for the beginning of the journey to a better Delta State and indeed Nigeria if the content and intent of the one-day prayer programme of the Delta State wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is anything to go by. The prayer session which was held in lieu of the usual annual CAN day, featured prominent gospel ministers in the state as prayers for the economic recovery and prosperity of Nigeria, prayers for the peace, unity, stability and security of Nigeria held sway.
Also, there were prayers for the actualisation of the SMART Agenda of the Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, prayers for the peace, unity, progress and prosperity of Delta State as well as prayers for the Delta State Executive council, the state House of Assembly and indeed, the judiciary.
Speaking during the one day event held at the state secretariat of the association, the Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa who also attended the prayer event, while describing the prayer session as apt and timely, particularly, given the current economic and security situation in the country, said that the current economic and security situation in the country requires God’s divine intervention just as he enjoined Nigerians to keep hope alive as better days were around the corner.
The Governor who was represented by the Chaplain, Government House, Ven. Charles Osemenam expressed optimism that despite the current challenge, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
He reassured Deltans, particularly CAN members that despite the current challenge, the state government will not disappoint God, either will it disappoint Deltans northern church.
Osemenam enjoined Christians in the state to intensify their prayers for the country, particularly the state just as he stressed the need for total and genuine repentance; a condition he noted is paramount if God will definitely intervene in our collective situation.
His words; “It is my prayer that we should experience change that will take us to a better position and that God Almighty will intervene in our current situation.
“What I am saying in essence is that we have to bear with te situation. Let me quickly remind us that God in His infinite mercies will not fail us as a state and as a nation. Everything may fail, but God will not fail.
“Sincerely, if we must tell ourselves the truth, we are part of our problems; every one of us even me that is speaking. What we have to do is to repent and turn wholly to God so that we do not miss our God-given opportunities”
I make bold to say that despite what is happening in the country, Delta State Government will not disappoint God, we will not disappoint Deltans, neither will we disappoint the Church” Okowa assured.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the prayer session, the Delta State CAN chairman, Rev. Gideon Oyibo said that the state wing of the association decided to convert the hitherto flamboyant annual CAN day to a moment of prayer following the current economic and security challenge the country is currently going through. This way, Oyibo posited, it affords Christians the collective opportunity of taking g the nation’s problem to God in prayers in order for Him, to heal the land.
To achieve this, the state CAN boss emphasised the need for every Nigerian to turn back to God in total repentance, have a rethink and begin to champion a new course, particularly in our approach to issues, that way, he stressed, our prayers would be answered.
He said, “Usually, every year, we used to have CAN day and it is usually a big celebration. But because of the current challenge in the country, we decided to limit it to prayer session so that we can deal with some of our collective challenges which bother largely on political, economic and social.
“It is our strong belief as Christians that when we take those challenges to God in prayers, He will, hear us and He will heal our land” Oyibo said.
While blaming the current situation in the country on mismanagement of resources by past administrations coupled with the growing rate of militancy the state CAN boss is hopeful that despite the current situation, with prudent management of the nation’s scarce resources, and total repentance from both the government and the governed, the nation will soon bounce back to its days of economic glory.
Earlier in his homily, the General overseer of Trinity Gospel Mission, Bishop Dr. Diamond Emuobor had called on Nigerians from all walks of life repent from their evil ways and return to God, saying that that way, God will return back to us as a nation and heal the land.
Emuobor who is also the Ughelli North Local Government Area Chairman of CAN, took a swipe at government officials in the country whom said are part of the major causes of the economic woes the country is currently plunged into.
He said, “it is unfortunate that some of our honourable members at both the federal and state Houses of Assembly are now dishonourable members. We now hear of corruption among the otherwise honourable members. We hear of budget padding; my question is who padded the budget? If our leaders are now thieves, where then is leadership?
“While I cannot even exonerate the church from all these, I, therefore, submit that we all need to repent. Today is the day of repentance; we should all come and repent from our evil ways. Nigeria cannot go forward with only about seven persons having N24 billion which, of, course is not their legitimate money. Where are we going from here? the cleric queried.