by Paul Osas
The leadership of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has urged all and sundry to pray for the nation. On its own part, the paramilitary agency on Thursday last week began a seven-day fasting and prayer for an end to the lingering Academic Staff of Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) strike which it said is more than meet the eyes.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the corps, Emmanuel Okah, said that “worried by the ongoing strike embarked upon by the ASUU, which has resulted in the shutdown of universities since July this year, NSCDC Commandant General has organised a special prayer for the nation.”
Ade Abolurin, the Commandant General of the NSCDC directed the officers and personnel of the corps nationwide, to embark on the exercise.
“The CG has declared seven days fasting and prayers nationwide to seek an ultimate solution to the problem,’’ the statement said.
The religious exercise, according to the commandant-general, had to be embarked upon following the inability of stakeholders to come to an agreement in resolving the four months old strike. Abolurin, the statement said, believes that divine intervention was the only solution to the problem.
While lauding the “effort of the government and its unwavering commitment to end the impasse,” Abolurin said the nation should not underestimate the power of prayers at critical moments.
“We should not be ignorant of the devices of the devil whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy; but through prayer and fasting, the glory of this nation shall be sustained and the much needed success achieved,’’ the statement said.
It therefore called on parents, guardians, government officials, the striking teachers, students, religious leaders and opinion leaders to pray for an end to the problem.