As part of activities to mark the grand finale of the 40 days fasting and prayers organised by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) for the unity of the nation, Nigerians across religious divides gathered in Abuja on Monday, ninth September, 2019 to pour out their hearts to God in prayers for the soul of the country and against disunity and retrogression.
The event which had in attendance over 500 clerics and many Nigerians from both the Christian and Muslim faiths, witnessed pleas to the Almighty for Africa at large, as well as against the spirit of xenophobia in South Africa which has reportedly sent many Nigerians to their early graves.
Speaking during the programme, the National President of NIFROP, Bishop Sunday Garuba, described the 40 days fasting and prayers as a huge success and expressed optimism that the prayers would receive speedy answers from God.
Garuba also expressed satisfaction at the large turnout of the finale, noting that it was commendable to see Nigerians uniting against religious sentiments to pray for the peace of their beloved nation.
Also speaking at the event, a muslim cleric, Sheik Ahmad Jibrin stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges being experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.
Jibrin added that the fasting and prayers had revealed to the clerics that Nigeria shall experience an unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.
The high point of the event was awe-inspiring performance by rave of the moment and Ekwueme crooner, Prospa Ochimana.