The vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, who is also a pastor, will lead a 30,000-man prayer convention as an effort to recover Nigeria’s economy which is currently in shambles. The prayer convention will hold from November 16 to November 19, at the National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

According to Uzodinma, “the prayer convention is designed as a contribution to the ongoing spiritual, social and economic re engineering of the country”.

Nigeria is currently fighting its way through its first recession in ten years. Unemployment is rife with 10.24 million Nigerians said to be unemployed according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The nation’s currency, the Naira, is the worst performing currency in Africa this year, 2016.

 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (C) flanked by Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote (L) and ONE campaign international rock star artist, Bono pose for a photograph during their courtesy visit to the presidency in Abuja, on August 29, 2016. ONE campaign advocacy organisation led by international rock star artist Bono, accompanied with Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, were at the presidential villa to discuss the possibilities of a global partnership to address the humanitarian crisis in the northeast Nigeria with two million displaced people including children through international advocacy. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (C) flanked by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote (L) and ONE campaign international rock star artist, Bono pose for a photograph during their courtesy visit to the presidency in Abuja, on August 29, 2016. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

The answer to these problems, according to the actions of the Buhari led administration, is delayed governmental intervention, and an anti graft campaign that most recently led to the controversial arrests of senior judges.

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In a statement issued on Monday, 25 October 2016, Cosmos Uzodinma, a member of the 2016 Africa Convention Abuja, stated that the convention was being organised by the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International-Nigeria (FGBMFI-Nigeria).

Over 30, 000 participants from about 30 countries are expected to be in attendance.

According to Uzodinma, “the prayer convention is designed as a contribution to the ongoing spiritual, social and economic re engineering of the country”.

The vice President, Arc Ifeanyi Odebo, the national president of FGBMFI-Nigeria, and Bishop David Oyedepo of General Overseer Living Faith Church International are slated to speak at the event. Also expected are resource persons from Ghana, Burkina-Faso, Kenya and Tanzania. Over 30, 000 participants from about 30 countries are expected to be in attendance.

 One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA
One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

It is not surprising that this national prayer session should be led by Vice President Osibanjo. He was the Pastor-in-Charge of the Lagos Province 48, Redeem Christian Church of God before his inauguration into office as Vice President in 2015. He still identifies as the head pastor of said parish claiming that he is only on loan to the Federal Government.

“Just like Pastor Ibitayo has said, we are on loan. I am still the Pastor-in-charge of the Province 48 in Lagos and my wife remains wife of the pastor-in-charge” Prof. Osibanjo said in June 2015.

With the growing hardship in the country, Nigerians urge the administration to let go of partisanship and religion and focus on tangible reforms and well thought out policies to push for economic recovery. While the prayer sessions are a welcome idea to many, many others, like political activist Ayo Sogunro whose tweet is quoted above, expect a lot more than blame shifting from President Buhari and prayer sessions from Professor Osibanjo.

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