A two-term Nigerian governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, late Thursday, April 25, declared that the country does not need prayer, even though it is good to pray.
Dankwambo, a former accountant-general of the federation from where he got elected as governor in 2011, said Nigeria actually needed the right leadership and not prayers.
”Prayers are good but Nigeria does not need prayers. All we need are competent leaders,” the governor said.
His position is against the belief by some politicians and clergymen who have, over time, called for prayers for the country to witness divine direction.
For example, in February, 2019, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari said fighting corruption needed God’s guidance and prayers as he pledged to redouble his administration’s efforts toward promoting peace and prosperity, and to fight corruption to a standstill.
The president made the pledge when he met with members of Jigawa state council of traditional rulers at the government house, Dutse.
Buhari, who spoke in Hausa language, said his first attempt to fight corruption when he was Head of State was unsuccessful because corruption fought back and he ended in jail for over three years.
Also in December, 2017, the national president of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev Felix Omobude, called for continuous prayers for the country to overcome the challenges of insurgency.
Omobude made the call at a prayer session during the ongoing 2018 Holy Ghost Congress at the Redemption Camp, Mowe, in Ogun.
He noted that even though the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was doing its best in tackling insurgency in the country, there was the need for government to continue to seek God’s intervention.