PRESIDING Bishop of Rhema Christian Church, Sango Ota, Dr. Taiwo Akinola has called on all Nigerians to always pray for God’s mercies upon the nation, stressing that only divine intervention can put the country back on the path of socio-political development.

Addressing newsmen in his office on plans for the church’s annual convention, the bishop stressed the need for a proclamation of a period of national fasting and prayer which he said, would form the foundation of national deliverance and rebirth.

According to Bishop Akinola, Nigeria which is very well endowed by God in so many areas is still wallowing in poverty because of corruption and bad leadership, pointing out that Nigerians owed a duty to cry to God for forgiveness of sins and a spiritual cleansing of the nation and its leaders.

Lamenting the state of the nation’s infrastruture, the cleric said the current administration had not done enough to give Nigerians the dividends of democracy, adding “whenever one comes back to this country after a trip abroad, the difference is so clear that things are not what they should be in a nation with so much human and natural resources.

“I think it is the selfishness, and greed in the hearts of our leaders that have kept us the way we are now,” he said, adding “we really need to reassess and re-evaluate ourselves as to what we want as a nation. It is sad that every man is more or less a local government to himself, because if you have a house, you must of necessity be a water corporation, NEPA as well as provide your own security.

“This is not how a people should be governed,” Akinola added, saying “let our rulers rule with the fear of God; let them know that we gave them the mandate to effective plough our resiources for the general good of every citrizen of the country. I am not particularly happy with the present government which is yet to give us anything to be rejoice about among its self-imposed 7-point agenda.”

He therefore urged Nigerians to prasy for the nation and the rulers.
On the convention, he said the substance of the programme will depend largely on biblical principles and 10 internationlly acclaimed and anointed men and women of God including Bishop Lanre Obembe, Dr. Kunle Adesina, Bishop Kayode Peller and Rev. Tom Mike among others will minister.
In addition, he said, the church is also planning a Carol service for December 20, 2009. On the chiurch’s corporate social responsibility, the bishop said, based on divine inspiration, the church had earlier set up a charity organisation known as Gladstone-House Initiative for Global Impact, GIGI, for the purpose of touching lives in the society, adding that the outfit specialises in giving scholarships to indegent students as well as care for motherless children.

The programme also includes community awareness campaign, gospel advancement campaigns as well as offer scholarships to needy ministers of the gospel.

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