Uhuru praised for turning country’s focus to God

The president called for national prayers at State House as the nation weathers social and political storms

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been praised for turning the focus of Kenyans to God at a time the nation is facing various challenges.

Speaking during the National Day of Prayer at State House in Nairobi on Saturday, Christ is the Answer Ministries presiding bishop David Oginde said God would bless the nation because of the prayers.

“Your Excellency, every time in Scripture that a leader of a nation has turned the face of his people towards heaven, God comes down. And because out of your own volition you called for these prayers, I believe God is going to do something. The time you have spent under this tent is not in vain,” Bishop Oginde said towards the end of the inter-faith prayer meeting that lasted more than two hours.

Quoting Joel 2:23-27, Oginde said God would restore that which had been eaten by the locusts of Covid-19, corruption, and tribalism.

“All the things they ate are going to be restored because our God has spoken. Our industries are going to rise…. Open your eyes and begin to see as this nation turns around as a result of the prayers we have made today,” he said.

The prayer meeting, called by President Kenyatta, came at a time the country is facing challenges brought about by the devastating effects of coronavirus and rising political temperatures.

Religious leaders took turns to pray for the nation, asking for forgiveness, unity, tolerance, and blessings.

President Kenyatta, who spoke for less than 10 minutes as the event was ending, asked for forgiveness for any wrong he may have committed.

“If there is anyone I have wronged, I ask that you forgive me. And if you have wronged me, I forgive you. That is the only way we can move forward,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by deputy president William Ruto.