Following an increase in the spate of auto accidents and fire outbreaks nationwide, a cleric, Prophet Christopher Owolabi, on Tuesday renewed his appeal for special and sustained prayers to reduce the menace.
Owolabi, the General Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Irapada, Omu-Aran, Kwara, made the call during the church’s special service, tagged “Toward Reshaping Nigeria’s Destiny for a Better Tomorrow”, in Omu-Aran, Kwara.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Owolabi had earlier during the church’s crossover night service last December, admonished Nigerians to pray against the upsurge in accidents and fire outbreaks in the New Year.
The special service was part of the activities of the church’s annual conference and convention.
Owolabi, who enjoined motorists to exercise caution in their daily operations, urged them to always commit themselves to God through prayers to ward off unwarranted calamities.
He said the prayers against auto accidents and fire outbreaks, which may have started to manifest, was revealed during the church’s crossover night service in December.
According to him, the nation is in dire need of God’s divine intervention, guidance and protection against self-inflicted predicaments through ungodly acts being perpetrated by the citizens.
He specifically cited the recent series of pipeline explosions in Lagos, auto accident in Katsina as well Kano market fire outbreak, where several lives and properties were lost, as good cases in point.
“The spate of rituals, extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, and insurgency are forbidden acts that can attract God’s wrath in perpetrators.
“But as the saying goes, when sinners are being punished, the righteous also bare the burdens.
“So I am still reiterating my earlier call for us to intensify prayers against the upsurge in auto accidents and fire outbreaks that can lead to loss of lives and properties.
“Recent development as regards the above menace has shown that the country is in dire need of the support and intercession of the citizenry through prayers.
“No matter how good and laudable government policies are, there is still the need for prayers to God to achieve the desired result,” Owolabi said.
Besides, the man of God urged Nigerians to shun acts capable of incurring God’s wrath and punishment.
He also charged religious leaders, community leaders, and parents not to relent in their preachings, advice and counseling in shaping the future of Nigerians, especially youths.
“Our youth should not inherit a battered, mismanaged, tattered and underdeveloped nationhood.
“We need prayers and collective responsibility of everyone to achieve the transformation envisioned for our country,” he said.