Popular Calabar based Pastor, Apostle Bassey Udosen of Message Point Assembly, has commended the Cross River State Government for its resolution in suspending the 2020 annual Calabar Carnival.
The Pastor, who said this during a sermon on Sunday in Calabar, adviced the state government to rather assemble men of God to a solemn assembly to pray and heal the land of Calabar from all the civil unrest ranging from Kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, drug abuse among others.
He said that the current incessant kidnappings in Calabar was not normal, adding that God will heal the land of Calabar and restore its glory with fervent prayers.
“I want to appreciate the government for taking the bold steps of suspending the carnival. Christmas shouldn’t be all about Carnival, it is the birth of Christ.
“Christmas is for the celebration of the birth of Christ. We must identify this and begin to think of what we celebrate.
“This year, I will suggest the state government to bring in all the men of God into one fold to do praise and worship in order to cleanse the land of Calabar.
“We should put more time in addressing these challenges than dancing along the street. With prayers, things will change.
“In every celebration, there is a spirit behind it. We must think towards this direction now and make Jesus the ultimate celebrant of this season,” he said.
In his reading from the book of John 4 vs 22 he said: “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.”
He said that God was looking for faithful Christians who can worship him in spirit and in truth.
“The state government should used this period to assemble men of God from all organisations to pray for the state because the state needs prayers at this moment.
“The Lord said, if my people are willing and humble themselves to pray, I will hear their cry and I will heal their land.
“Therefore, if all men of God in this state comes out to pray, we will overcome all these challenges,” he said.