President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and several other prominent figures, is set to participate in the 2023 National Day of Solemn Prayer. The event, aimed at fostering unity and common understanding among Nigerians, will take place on Friday at the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja.
During a press briefing, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Chapter, highlighted the significance of the National Solemn Assembly as a platform for Nigerians to express support for President Tinubu’s administration. He said; “the occasion serves as an embodiment of the national ethos of unity and common understanding, especially during these challenging times”
The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, will serve as the mother of the day, while Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will chair the occasion. Pastor Williams Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, has been invited as the keynote speaker.
The event will witness the presence of notable personalities, including Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of CAN, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, the Ooni of Ife, HRH Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Emir of Kano, HRH Aminu Ado Bayero, Tor Tiv, HRH Prof. James Ayatse, and Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Seyi Makinde, Babagana Zulum, Bassey Otu, and Dapo Abiodun. Eminent individuals from government, traditional, and faith communities will also join the gathering.
Archbishop Leonard Bature Kawas, President of the Charismatic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, emphasized the significance of the assembly as a time for three hours of continuous praise, worship, and thanksgiving to God Almighty. He expressed the belief that emulating nations like the United States in setting aside a day for praise and thanksgiving will bring about greater blessings for Nigeria.
Mrs. Comfort Chigbue, CAN’s National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, highlighted the event’s focus on promoting unity and harmony. She emphasized the importance of praying and releasing blessings for the nation, its people, and its leaders, while maintaining peace and love among all citizens.
The Explainer learned that the National Day of Solemn Prayer aims to unify Nigerians through prayer, gratitude, and blessings, fostering an environment of harmony and hope for the nation’s future.