President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said a good number of Nigerians have taken over the role of God by failing to put their faith in Him regarding the crisis in the country.
He spoke at the 11th National Prayer Breakfast organised by the Christian Legislators Fellowship of the National Assembly with the theme “Faith in a time of crisis.”
Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Maurice Mbaeri, said sincere prayers would bring about the much-needed change in Nigeria.
He said: “The theme of this year’s national prayer breakfast, ‘Faith in the Time of Crisis’, clearly speaks to what we need as individuals and as a collective in these times when most Nigerians seem to have forgotten their faith because it appears that we are facing insurmountable hurdles.
“However, in actual fact, a good number of Nigerians have taken over the role of God by failing to place their trust in Him and placing it entirely on themselves and other men.
“Of course it is very difficult to keep faith in times of crisis, especially when all we think we can do and agree as humans, and most especially policy makers, is not yielding the desired results of calming the stormy waves. As such we begin to ask God, where are you? We begin to debate whether there is need to trust God.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the State House Chaplain, Pastor Seyi Malomo, said the destiny of Nigeria was in the hand of the children of God as the scriptures enjoined them to always cry to God when there are challenges.
“As we pray, we prophesy our crisis will end. A new nation would be birthed. One where like the city to which Elisha went, the land was healed and the people prospered and peace and joy prevailed.
“I speak these words also to our nation. Thus says the Lord I have healed this waters. From it there shall be no more death or barrenness. According to the words of Elisha which he spoke, we say the same words to our nation as well that there is an end to the crisis. There is a dawning of a new day, the birthing of a new nation. As the scripture says, weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
“The new nation is birthed already but covered by the clouds of crisis, one crisis or the other, but I want to let us know the clouds would clear and God Almighty would take all the glory for the birthing of this new nation.”
Guest Speaker, Bishop David Abioye in his sermon, said faith is the life wire of Christianity and what is needed to overcome the challenges facing the country.
Abioye, who is the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church, Goshen City, Abuja, said however the people need to turn away from evil and turn to God as faith goes with integrity.
He urged that despite everything, the nation must remain committed to the will of God.
He assured that the country will overcome its challenges through prayers.