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Cleric urges prayers for Nigeria, leaders

BY ETOP EKANEM & Olayinka Latona
LAGOS — A cleric, Pastor Ime Udoinyang, has urged Nigerians to pray earnestly for the nation and the leaders, saying criticism will not do the nation any good but rather compound her challenges.

Pastor Udoinyang, who spoke during the ordination service of Founder of Divine Mount Zion Church of God, Pastor Francis Obukpo, into the office of an apostle, said the prayer of faithful had been keeping the nation for the past 51 years.

Udoinyang said praying for constituted authorities was one of the greatest responsibilities of the masses and religious leaders but lamented that such religious leaders were the ones criticizing those in government.

According to him, “criticism will not solve the nation’s problems, rather masses should continue praying for our leaders. Religious leaders should stop criticising the government and one another but let us pray for one another, that is where solution lies.”

Also speaking, a member representing Ikono/Ini federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr Ini Udoka, thanked God for the grace bestowed on Apostle Obukpo, saying nobody would believe that an apostle could emerge from his village as the people in the area worship idols, adding that he is seeing a new beginning coming to the village.

Udoka congratulates Apostle Francis for being a true ambassador of Christ.


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