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ICC Note:
The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has started a ‘One Year Prayer Project’ in Nigeria. Nigerians will be praying for many of Nigeria’s issues including, corruption, the instibility of the Middle Belt region, and the problem of Boko Haram. Christians around the world should join in Nigeria’s prayer project and pray for the many issues that this West African country faces.
10/1/2012 Nigeria (DailyTimes) – President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated a ‘One Year Prayer Project’ that will seek ways of mobilizing the church to effectively pray for divine solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
The President flagged off the project during a church service to commemorate the 52nd Independence of Nigeria at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Abuja.
He appreciated Christians who have been praying for Nigeria and believing that if it is well with Nigeria it will be well with their families too, adding that though “we are still facing challenges God will see us through and we will overcome them”.
The prayer project was conceived by the Christian Association of Nigeria, following the many challenges facing the country especially the challenge of insecurity and the need to find urgent solutions to them. The project which is a 12 month prayer project for National rebirth and transformation kicked off on  the 30th of September 2012.
Calling on Nigerians to join hands with government to build the nation Jonathan said “A leader alone cannot change the whole nation” except he uses people. Citing an example of how Prophet Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem, he said he believed that in every strata of government there were Nehemiah’s God could use and ” I believe very strongly that God will use you help this country, and I believe that Nigeria will succeed.”
The President who said Nigeria had been rated as the second in ranking in terms of countries fighting corruption also said in no time corruption in Nigeria will be a thing of the past in the country.
“We will continue to work hard, we have seen some improvements and will not rest until things change,” he said.
Quoting from Psalm 102, the President extolled the virtues of prayer and the need for continuous prayers for the country. He then flagged off the One year Prayer Project for Nigeria which he said will.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who gave the message of the day titled, ” God still answers Prayers” reading from 2 Chronicles 7:14, said Nigeria must first humble herself before God.

Oritsejafor speaking on the challenge of Boko Haram in Nigeria said ” the activities of Boko Haram are not fuelled by poverty but by a religious fundamentalist ideology. Boko Haram is funded from within by people who desire to use them to create political space for themselves and funded from without by those who want to see Nigeria divided along religious- ethnic lines.”
He also said the group was sustained by media apologists who feed the unsuspecting public with politically incorrect half-truths.

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