Funke Busari, Lagos
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Lagos State, has joined other women journalists across the country, to seek divine intervention over the insecurity challenges facing the nation.
This is according to a statement co-signed by NAWOJ Lagos Chairperson, Adeola Ekine and its Assiatant Secretary, Abosede Adelaja.
The online Solemn Assembly with theme, “Oh! God!! Heal Our Land,” took place on Tuesday, with both current and past leaders of NAWOJ and Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in attendance.
Addressing participants at the prayer meeting, NAWOJ Vice President, B-Zone, Ayaba Omobola Nowoola Akingbehin advised them to be fervent in prayers in order to deliver the nation from her present predicament.
She said, “I appreciate you all for hearkening to this clarion call. I beseech you to take a cue from the Biblical Esther who damned the consequence to deliver her kindred.”
Quoting from Nehemiah 4:15, she said, “God hears the prayers of women because we know how to call upon Him. As mothers, I will like you to be our Esthers because the Lord has commissioned us to stand in the gap. The nation is no longer secure for journalists to effectively discharge their duties. Our husbands and children are scared and can no longer move freely in the country. Our only weapon is prayers which I believe God will hearken to.” said the VP.
While leading the Christian prayer segment, Former Internal Auditor, Lagos NUJ, Jemi Ekunkunbor who quoted from Joel 2:12-27 and 2nd Chronicles 7:14, implored Nigerians to always look unto God regardless of any situation.
According to her, ‘we gather today to hand over Nigeria to God because He is our last resort,” she said.
Earlier, NAWOJ Lagos Chairperson, Adeola Ekine, urged members to be more security conscious in all ramifications.
She said the programme was a clarion call from the National NAWOJ, “God listens to the voice of women the more, so, let us keep praying,”
The online solemn assembly was done amidst fasting.