From left; Eze Anaba, Editor, Vanguard Newspapers; Pastor Emmanuel Iro-Ihama, Senior Pastor, The Kings International Revival Church; Elder Emmanuel Emmanuel, Coordinator, Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship; Mr Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Newspapers; Mr Gbenga Adefaye, General Manager/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard and Mr Adekunle Adekoya, Deputy Editor, Vanguard.
By Olayinka Latona & Providence Emmanuel
SENIOR Pastor of King’s International Revival Church, Rev. Emmanuel Ihama has called on Nigerians to remain steadfast and continue to pray for peace and unity of the country.
Ihama, who made the call at the end-of-year Thanksgiving and Praise Service, organized by the Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship tagged: “The Lord is still on The Throne”, noted that prayer was key to resolving the current challenges confronting the nation.
He said things were better because Nigerians were prayerful, noting that it could have been worse without prayers.
The cleric said Nigerians must be united and hope for a better future, stressing that Nigerians were one, irrespective of tribe, belief and religion.
In his words: “We must continue to pray that God should heal the country and that those occupying government offices and all leaders at different levels will do what is right by listening to people who voted them into office.
“I believe with God nothing is impossible, if we truly pray to God with all sincerity, in righteousness and humble ourselves, I know things will turn around for good in our country.
“We should put aside our denominational differences and call upon the name of God that He should intervene and do something new in our land.
“Nigerians should not relent in praying for peace and the good of the land. If we are going to have a better future, it is going to depend on the prayers we pray now. It is the power of prayer that has been keeping us together as a nation. You could imagine what would have happened to us in Nigeria, if we have not been praying at all,” he noted.
Speaking on the theme of the programme, the cleric emphasised that God has power to change all negative circumstances, assuring participants that no matter the challenges of life, which they had been facing in different quarters, God has the power to provide lasting solution to them.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Vanguard Media Limited, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, in his welcome address told participants that Vanguard Media Limited was moving on, describing the global economic downturn as a cycle.
In his words: “This celebration is a celebration of life because despite the odds, despite the challenges, we are here, we are standing and we are standing on the promises of God that would be there till the end of time.
“Because of the trading environment funding business is simply not affordable not just for us, it is for everybody and we have to borrow money to run business.
“Our God is a faithful God, businesses run in circle, we have run through this before, it is at the same time Buhari came to government in 1983, we were queuing to buy rice and beans and milk.
The first half came and it took naira from whatever to whatever and we were not the same again and we survived. I believe that even in this tough time, we will survive.
“The message of management to all of you is to keep faith and be prayerful. But it should be more than being prayerful, because the Almighty God is not going to come down from heaven and do for you, what you should do. Like the story of the talent in the Bible, you have to deploy your talent properly and be prayerful, keep faith and work hard.”