The Anglican Church has declared a seven-day fasting and prayers for Nigeria and its leadership, Primate of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has said.
Okoh disclosed this at the 2011 Carnival for Christ, a gathering of all Anglicans in the diocese of Abuja.
He said the prayers and fasting would begin from 28Â November to 3 December, adding that the prayers would be for GodÂ to return peace to the country.
Okoh said the forces of evil that had taken over some parts of the country could only be defeated through prayers to God.
â€œIt was decided during the general synod that seven daysÂ Â of prayers and fasting be organised for the president and the whole country. To pray for peace; to pray for the cessation of attacks; that God should intervene in our affairs because this new dimension of throwing bombs we have never seen it before and itâ€™s almost killing the psyche of the people of the country.
â€œThat we should take a spiritual approach to fight the issue; that prayer and fasting be declared throughout the country in all churches in our country.â€
Okoh said that it was pertinent for the Church in Nigeria to seek Godâ€™s intervention so as not to go the ways of other nations that had been entirely engulfed in crises.
He said the spate of violence in the country was unprecedented, noting that Nigerians had always lived in unity in spite of the diversity in culture, religion, political ideologies and ethnicity.
The cleric said the theme of the 2011 Carnival for Christ was chosen to conform to the forthcoming prayers and fasting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2011 edition of the carnival: â€œSo, I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eatenâ€, was taken from the Book of Joel, Chapter 2; Verse 25.
Earlier, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette, said that seeking divine intervention through prayers was a natural thing to do, especially in the face of difficulties.
He said Nigeria needed Godâ€™s intervention in all its activities, noting that God had shown his love for Nigeria in different ways in the past.
The carnival featured a parade by students from Anglican schools, Sunday Schools, Boys and Girls Brigades in the diocese.