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Issued on behalf of The National Day of Prayer and Worship, Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians, Christian Concern and International Strategic Alliance Committee

Press Release

For Immediate Release

15th May 2014


NIGERIAN Church leaders in the UK are calling on all Christians to support a mass Prayer Vigil in Westminster on Monday 19th May 2014 between 7.00pm – 9.00pm to pray for the safe release of the schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria a month ago.
The event, which will be held at Emmanuel Centre 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW, has the endorsement of The National Day of Prayer and Worship, The Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians, Christian Concern, International Strategic Alliance Committee.

Nigerian Church Leaders have united to condemn the situation as ‘deeply serious’ and called on the Nigerian Government to ensure that no one should be forced into any form of religious conversion.
The event organisers are also appealing for donations which will go directly to the affected families in Nigeria.
Pastor Jonathan Oloyede, Convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship and who will be involved in the event on Monday, in statement said:

We earnestly call on Christians everywhere to come and pray for the Chibok kidnapped schoolgirls, their families and Nigeria! This is a heartbreaking situation and we urge you to invite everyone to pray for all those who are persecuted and oppressed based on religion. The situation is constantly changing and we are grateful to the media for keeping the story in the news. This should enable the church to keep up to date with the events as they unfold as a subject for real and fervent prayer”
Speaking in advance of the Prayer Vigil on Monday, Event Spokesman and Director of Christian Concern, Pastor Ade Omooba added:
“I would urge all Church and Community Leaders to make this vital Prayer Vigil known to their congregations and networks as we unite to support distressed and dislocated families and communities in Borno State, Maiduguri and surrounding towns.  We are called to pray for comfort to all family members in anguish, shock and distress over the fate of their girls. We will pray for the Nigerian government and all supporting foreign countries to deploy all necessary resources to find these young people.
Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance in support of the Prayer Vigil said:
“The Evangelical Alliance continues to call on churches across the country to pray for the safe return of these girls. The Church in the UK must unite with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Nigeria and the prayer vigil on Monday will give us that opportunity to show solidarity with them. Our prayers continue to be with them as we look to the God of all hope in the midst of darkness and despair.”
Christian Concern has donated administration in support of the Nigerian church to enable every penny of donations to reach the hands of ordinary suffering Nigerians in the region.
Note to Editors

1.     The Media are invited to attend the Prayer Vigil on Monday.

2.     Dr Jonathan Oloyede and Pastor Ade Omooba are available for live or pre-recorded interviews.

All media and press enquiries on this Prayer Vigil should be directed to Garry Selfridge on 07545 696207 (24 hours) or 02033271134 or




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