The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has dedicated his administration to God Almighty, declaring that God will heal Nigeria and Edo State from all forms of social vices and political backwardness that hinder development.

The governor made the declaration at the end of a six-day prayer programme organised by his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, to offer prayers for peace for the country and Edo State, held at the Government House Chapel in Benin City.

Citing the book of Timothy 2:1-2, Obaseki said, “I have the privilege and grace of God to offer prayers and declarations over the sphere of politics and government in Edo State. I come boldly to the throne of grace, interceding for politics and government in Edo State that I may obtain mercy for our state and find grace to help our dear state in this time of need.

He declared, “God will heal our land through Godly leaders who make Godly policies and lead with the fear of God. I declare that we are your people, we call by your name, we humble ourselves, we pray, we seek your face, we turn from our wicked ways, we know that you hear us from heaven, we know that you forgive us our sins and heal our land.

“I declare that Jesus Christ is Lord over politics and government in Edo State. I declare that the sphere politics in our state is blessed because of our prayers to the Lord. I pray that you will forgive and deliver our politics and governance sphere; don’t let your anger come up against us,” he added.

The governor continued, “I am convinced that you are always faithful to us even in time of our need, and to God Almighty, you know that we have the need for godly leadership, that we have the need for good governance; give us public servants that will serve with integrity and honesty.

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“We need transparency and honesty, your people need freedom, justice, protection, security, an environment that will promote development, policies that will bring heaven to earth.”

Clerics during a prayer session to mark the end of a six-day prayer programme organised by Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, held at the Government House Chapel in Benin City.

Obaseki added, “The decision I make as the Executive Governor of Edo affects the lives of millions of people home and abroad. Therefore, I pray that you strengthen me, give me wisdom and grace; let me speak and act with benevolence and act with sincerity in all situations.

“I rededicate all government offices to you. Heavenly Father, you have empowered legislators and the governor to make laws that affect our lives today. I pray for our state legislatures. God, give them wisdom and guide their decisions and make them always love thee first,” he prayed.

In her remarks, Mrs. Besty Obaseki, said that the prayer session was a directive from God, that they should gather and pray for the development of Edo, adding that what God did in Edo State was for the upliftment of the nation’s politics, as the state is critical for the development of Nigeria.

She urged Edo people to continue to pray for leaders across the globe.