Nigerian Archbishop on Boko Haram: We must storm the heavens with prayers

by Carey Lodge  |  published on November 21, 2014

As Boko Haram expands its attacks across neighbouring Cameroon, a Nigerian Archbishop has urged Christians to “storm the heavens” in prayer.

“We thank God for his mercy and faithfulness. We may not have received everything we prayed for, but by his grace most of us are still alive and we have remained one people and one nation,” Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius A Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, told those gathered at an overnight National Prayer Pilgrimage last week.

“Today, gauging the general despair and disillusionment in the land, we converge here again to cry on to the Lord for enduring peace and for God to stir strongly in the hearts of Nigerians the spirit to transcend narrow ethnic, religious, and political boundaries so as to always pursue the common good.”

The Archbishop, who is also the president of the Nigerian episcopal conference, said that “fervent prayer” is necessary to bring together a nation fractured by militant attacks. “As Catholics, we believe that prayer, made with deep faith, can move mountains and calm storms and that prayer is our most powerful weapon as we face the multidimensional challenges in contemporary Nigeria,” he added.

However, he also insisted that “prayer alone without good works is inadequate,” and called on all Nigerians to work together for common good.