The Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists, NAWOJ; have joined in the nation wide prayer and fasting organized by its national Office to pray for the peace of the nation.
In a statement signed by it’s national secretary Helen Udofia , the women Journalists were directed to seek divine intervention for the insecurity challenges facing Nigeria.
Chairperson of the Rivers State chapter Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana said the situation in the country calls for a serious divine intervention hence the important of the prayer.
She explained that the essence of the prayer is for God to heal the land and restore peace .
Mrs Serekara-Nwikhana advised youths to embrace peace and shun evil as no society can thrive in the midst of rancor and acrimony .
The Chairperson enjoined mothers to always pray for their children as the devil is out to destroy the youths with the spirit of violence.
Mrs Serekara-Nwikhana encouraged the leaders of the nation to seek for God in all they do.
Correspondent Anita Ogona who monitor the exercise report that the women carried placard with inscriptions such as, heal our land, lord touch the heart of our youths, God direct our leaders, stop bloodshed and kidnapping, among others.
Meanwhile NAWOJ RIVERS HOLDS SOLEMN ASSEMBLY FOR NIGERIA
Worried by the incessant killings across the country, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers State joined it’s National Body in a special prayer session for God’s Swift intervention for an end to the lingering security challenges bedeviling the nation.
The women who were adorned in red signifying bloodshed in Nigeria, also carried placards with various inscriptions, crying for calm and peace in Nigeria.
With the theme ‘Oh God heal our land” which was drawn from 2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verse 14, the women cried out for God’s mercy and healing upon Nigeria.
Deputy National President, NAWOJ, Lilian Okonkwo Ogabu and Rivers State Chairperson, Susan Serekara Nwikhana 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.
Former Acting Chairman, NUJ Rivers State Council, Uche Agbam and Assistant State Secretary, Ilanye Jumbo said the significance of the Solemn Assembly is to turn back to God, fulfil 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.
The Solemn Assembly was held simultaneously in the 36 states and the FCT to plead for mercy and healing of the country.
NAWOJ, Rivers State believes and hopes that God’s mercy will prevail over the land and stop the unrest in Nigeria.
DORIS TAMS MORRISON