AACC PRAYER ALERT FOR NIGERIA
Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lord Jesus Christ says: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6: 27-28
Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria are currently in a very concerning and severe situation. Public outrage over police brutality has ignited protests that have continued for nearly two weeks in several cities in Nigeria, especially, against the excesses of the now scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Government’s reaction and further demonstrations have led to catastrophic consequences, including loss of life.
We note that the President of Nigeria, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that the Government recognizes the right to demonstrate peacefully as a fundamental right of citizens. We note further that the Government has evaluated and accepted the five-point demands of the protestors, a key one being the disbanding of the SARS.
These actions are important in responding to the genuine grievances against excesses of the police, and the related military and paramilitary agencies, and creating the environment in which goodwill for negotiations can be generated.
The AACC invites all Christians, men and women of goodwill throughout the continent and beyond, to pray for Nigeria: pray for those in authority to listen to the cries of the people;, pray for security personnel to exercise due restraint especially on unarmed protestors, knowing that there is nothing more precious than life in this world; pray for the demonstrators to agree to come to the negotiating table with the authorities to discuss a way out of the impasse; and pray for law, order and justice to prevail in the country.
We will continue to remember the people of Nigeria in our prayers, seeking God’s intervention in this matter and other compromising issues that affect the realization of the fullness of life as promised by Christ in John 10:10.
May God’s peace dwell richly in Nigeria and the continent of Africa.