- A religious group has said it will be extending its prayer and fasting programme against Coronavirus and Boko Haram terrorists
- According to the group, its members have been connected through a virtual platform for sermons and words of exaltations from Pastors and Imams
- NIFROP said the extension is a show of solidarity to its members as well as other Muslims around the country
The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) has announced an extension to its 21-day fasting and prayer till the end of Ramadan.
NIFROP said the extension is in light of the prevailing circumstances in the country and a show of solidarity to its members as well as other Muslims around the country.
In a statement released on Tuesday, April 28, by the chairman, Board of Trustees for NIFROP, Archbishop Julius Ediwe, the group encouraged all members to be steadfast in the prayer for Nigeria against the further spread of COVID-19.
The religious group urged Nigerians to also pray for an end to the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group.
The board chairman further declared that the end of terrorism is imminent as “God has revealed to us during our fasting and prayers that indeed Abubakar Shekau would be captured and Nigeria shall be free from the clutches of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist activities”.
Ediwe said: "We are standing by the word of God in the Book of Mathew 6:16 "When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."
The Archbishop said NIFROP has been connecting with its members all around the country through a virtual platform through sermons and words of exaltations from Pastors and Imams from different churches and mosques across the country.
"We wish to state that our prayers and fasting programme is structured through an online format where our members link up to an online platform where we pray together and after that break our fast," Ediwe said.
He said: "NIFROP, since the commencement of its prayer and fasting programme, our Unity Church and Unity Masjid is reaching out to over 5000 families through the provision of food items and direct cash transfers to ease hardship brought about by the compulsory lockdown in the country and the negative impact of Covid-19 on our daily living."
He said this has been possible with the support of individuals all over the world as there are plans to increase the number as it may please God.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the group had announced its plan to begin prayers for the troops of the Nigerian Army as they fight insurgency in the northeast region of Nigeria.
The group declaring an “hour of victory” for the Nigerian Army in its final clearance operation against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists urged the troops on the frontlines to step up their game and deliver the final punch to the insurgents.
Bishop Sunday Garuba, NIFROP's president had said that the relocation of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai to the Theatre of Operations is a sign of imminent triumph for the Nigerian forces.
Also, in January, some clerics across Nigerian embarked on a 21-days praying and fasting session for Nigeria.
The clerics numbering up to 500 said the prayers were to protect Nigeria against evil individuals who plan to destabilise the nation's system.
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