The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers State joined its National Body in a special prayer session for God’s Swift intervention for an end to the lingering security challenges bedeviling the nation.
This follows worried over the incessant killings across the country.
The women, who were adorned in red signifying bloodshed in Nigeria, also carried placards with various inscriptions, crying for calm and peace in Nigeria.
Inscription on the placards read, “Oh God heal our land”, “The women cried out for God’s mercy and healing upon Nigeria”, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The Deputy National President, NAWOJ, Lilian Okonkwo Ogabu and Rivers State Chairperson, Susan Serekara Nwikhana who spoke at the event in Port Harcourt, appreciated members for coming out for the prayers as God has a special empathy for women, saying the wailing will not go unanswered.
According to them, the only solution to Nigeria’s predicament is for the people to return to God for mercy and intervention.
They called for continued prayers and supplication to end insecurity and all forms of violence in Nigeria.
The leaders called on Journalists in the Country to de-escalate reports on violence, kidnapping and other social vices but channel their reports on promoting peace.
On his part, the Former Acting Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists in Rivers State, Uche Agbam and Assistant State Secretary, Ilanye Jumbo said the significance of the Solemn Assembly is to turn back to God, fulfill the scriptures and stand in the gap for their families and leaders.
They advised Nigerians to always seek the face of God for the peace of the Country, stressing that if that is done, God will answer all prayers, wipe away tears and bring back joy and normalcy to the country.
“We want to urged Nigerians that this is the time to see God, there is no better time as this”
“Our leaders should turn their faces to god and seek his mercy. That is the only solution to this insecurity in the country. We also urged our colleges the Journalists in the Country to de-escalate reports on violence, kidnapping and other social vices but channel their reports on promoting peace in Nigeria.”
Our correspondent reports that the Solemn Assembly was held simultaneously in the 36 states and the FCT to plead for mercy and healing of the country.