AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday attended Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada Lagos, the international headquarters of the church headed by Pastor William Kumuyi, general superintendent of the holiness church.
Since President Buhari emerged Nigeria’s president in 2015, this is the first time he has made a speech in Deeper Life Bible Church, being a Muslim president ruling a circular state.
Represented by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari made the appearance on the occasion of the Nigeria Prays project, an organization headed by General Yakubu Gowon, a former Nigeria’s head of state.
The Nigeria Prays organization has been in operation for the past 22 years and it has gathered Christians across denominations where prayers have been offered for the emancipation and salvation of Nigerians.
Buhari, in the event attended by senior Christian leaders and government personalities, said Pastor Kumuyi and Gen. Gowon are two senior Nigerians he has utmost respect for, following their commitment to the survival of the Nigerian project.
He said Gowon, after the civil war, established the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), an agency borne to foster unity, integration and national cohesion after the devastating warfare that is still having disturbing effect on the unity and oneness of Nigerians.
He said as Kumuyi has passion for the work of God and propagation of the gospel, Gen. Gowon has passion for the unity of Nigeria and the indivisibility of the country.
He told the people that he had the rare opportunity of hosting Pastor Kumuyi during the celebration of the independence anniversary of Nigeria in Aso Rock, Abuja.
He described Kumuyi as a man who has love for the country, noting that his words of encouragement have continued to ring bell in his mind.
President Buhari said praying for the good and peace of Nigeria is the right way to go, imploring the Nigeria Prays convener and other Christians to continue to pray for the unity and oneness of the country.
While not downplaying the fact that Nigeria is bedeviled with challenges, he expressed hope that the challenges of whatever sort would be overcome as God, bringing all ethnic groups together to form Nigeria was not a mistake.
Pastor Kumuyi had earlier in the prayer service, said God would answer all the prayers of Nigerians expressing hope in the fact if Nigerians repent and seek God, the Nigerian lost glory would be restored.
In the event, special prayers were offered for Nigeria, touching the economy, education, agriculture, power and the health sector, including the youths of the nation.