By Seyifunmi Odunuga
Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Wednesday, organized an inter-faith prayer for members to end recent incessant death and to avert calamity in the union.
The prayer session which was held at Dapo Aderogba Hall, Iyaganku, Secretariat of the union in Ibadan was organized by the leadership of the union in the state following strange happenings to members in recent time.
Welcoming members to the event, the chairman of the council, Comrade Ademola Babalola, said despite the evil machinations of the kingdom of darkness against the union, it has remained unconsumed, strong and indivisible by the mercies and grace of God.
“God has indeed proved himself faithful to us as a union over the years to the shame of the devil even with the problems COVID-19 has caused in the union.
“In the last few months, many of our colleagues had died, and the recent development calls for us to seek the face of God for Him to avert premature death among us.
“Many of our colleagues had also lost their job, these and many more call for God’s intervention which made us call on eminent clerics to pray for journalists in Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.
In his message, the General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji, said death is the result of disobedience in life. He added that disobedience is the major key to the hindrance of success, fulfilment of destiny and most especially untimely death.
The man of God said it remains his firm conviction that the prayer meeting would put an end to an untimely death, herald the reign of peace, unity and stability in the union.
While charging the journalists on the absence of God’s consciousness being of universal calamity, the Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mudashiru Atanda Bada who is the Chief Imam of Oluyole Central Mosque, stated that everything that has been happening at the moment is evident enough for the people to reference and appreciate God.
“God is the pilot of life, and this is evident in what the world is experiencing at the moment. God has been proving his superiority to mankind. Christians have been stopped from going to Jerusalem while Muslims have also been disallowed from travelling to Mecca.
“We need to be more closer to God at this sensitive time. Christians should be going to Church while Muslims should also be going to mosques to worship Almighty God regularly.
“COVID-19 is one of the consequences of our digression from the will of God. We need to fear God”.