Worried about what he calls a looming genocide in Nigeria, former Mayor of the city of Oakland, California, United States, Elihu Harris, has joined the call for a global prayer in the face of the current ethnic and social tension in the country.
Harris, who is throwing his influence behind U.S-based Nigerian peace activist and social entrepreneur, Prince Ayo Manuel Ajisebutu, convener of the month-long prayer session, says Nigeria has the opportunity, now, to get things right and lead the future of other African countries, adding that anything short of peace for Nigeria portends danger for the collective vision of Africa among other continents of the world.
Harris, who has never hidden his love for Nigeria and its people says “the entire world is waiting for Nigeria to wake up and take its rightful place in the community of developed nations and ignite hope in all Africans both in Africa and outside Africa.”
He pleads with the leadership of the country to walk the path of peace and unity, and change the negative narratives that has tainted the country for so long.
Scheduled to hold from July 1 to July 30, 2021 at
12:00pm each day.
Ajisebutu who is concerned about the spate of shootings by unknown gunmen, ethnic unrest, herders/farmers crises, kidnappings, and calls for dissolution of Nigeria, especially by Southwest, Southeast and South-South ethnic nationalities, believes in the power of prayers to calm the growing tension in the country.
According to him, the goal is to coordinate Christian, Muslim, and other religions leaders in Nigeria and around the world to call on their followers to pray for peace in Nigeria for 30 days with the hashtags: #PPC #SaveNigeriaFromGenocide and #PrayForPeacefulNigeria.
“My spirit will not let me rest seeing the continuous killings of innocent people in Nigeria by herdsmen, bandits, unknown gunmen and other terrorist groups. The ongoing beating of drums of war around the country demands a global spiritual intervention by all lovers of peace. We must remember what happened in Rwanda and we must also remember what Adolf Hitler did to the Jews in Germany. Millions of lives could have been saved in the Rwanda’s genocide if the world did not stand aside and look. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that “, he said.