Lagos- The Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr Mike Okonkwo, has urged Christians not to relent in prayers for the country.
Okonkwo made the call on Saturday at an event called “The Experience 8” held at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos.
He said Christians should pray against the various forces inhibiting the growth and development of the country.
He added that “God is up to something in this country but the fact that a large portion of the country remains impoverished means there are forces trying to truncate God’s plans for Nigeria.
“Our numerous natural resources are enough for us all to live happily but it is sad that this has not happened yet.”
Okonkwo, however, urged Nigerians to have faith and pray ceaselessly “so that God’s plans for the country will come to pass.”
“The Experience 8” is an annual musical concert involving the biggest local and international gospel artistes, organised by Pastor Paul Adefarasin of the House On The Rock church (HOTR).
Adefarasin had earlier described the concert as a major platform for unifying Nigerians.
He said: “The Experience 8” is an opportunity for Nigerians to put aside all differences such as tribe, class, denomination and creed.
“It is a bridge of reconciliation and a beacon of light and hope to the much-afflicted and often-maligned continent of Africa.
“It will unite the people of Nigeria and Africa under one roof and under one God without any conflicts, quarrels or problems.”
Prayers were offered for Nigeria by some of the pastors and bishops present at the event.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre prayed for a replication of the qualities of heaven which include order, wealth, light, peace and joy in Nigerian.
In his prayer, Rev. Felix Omobhude, the President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), prayed for the security, safety and purity of the Church in Nigeria.
Prayers were also offered for the resolution of the ongoing faceoff between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government.
There were musical performances by Nigerian and foreign gospel artistes.
Some of those who performed were Don Moen, Donnie McClurking, Frank Edwards, Sammie Okposo, Eben, Cece Winans, Mike Aremu, Yolanda Adams, Ifreke Umoh and Micah Strampley.
No fewer than 500,000 people were recorded to have attended the event, the eighth since its inception in December 2006.
This year has “Heaven on Earth” as its theme. (NAN)