- Twenty three thousand Nigerians joined an Instagram live video to pray against killings in the country
- This is part of the annual Hallelujah challenge led by Nathaniel Bassey
More than 23,000 people came together on Monday, June 25, to pray against the ongoing killings in Nigeria particularly the recent massacre of over 86 people in some villages in three local governments in Plateau state.
The participants prayed on a prayer point tagged “Let the wickedness of the wicked end in Nigeria”, during the ongoing Hallelujah Challenge, a midnight prayer and praise hour, anchored by gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 23,000 who joined a live video of the Hallelujah Challenge on the Instagram handle of the singer: @nathanielblow, prayed God to end the wickedness of those who were responsible for the massacre across Nigeria.
They prayed to God not to allow the wickedness and the killings to go on but to intervene so that an end may be found to the blood shed. The participants led by the anchor also prayed for the family of those killed that God should comfort them as they mourn.
The one hour midnight prayer is broadcast live on Instagram and also on Facebook. The number of participants recorded in this report is drawn only from Instagram, as correspondent did not take note of those who joined in the prayer through the live Facebook video.
In an earlier report, the Police said 86 people were killed in several villages while six persons were injured in the Plateau attack that lasted between 1p.m. and 8p.m. But residents said, on Monday over 120 people were massacred in separate attacks at different locations.
The state government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the state, amid growing tensions between locals and migrant herdsmen community.
The singer also led the over 23,000 who were hooked up to the live video to pray for the family of Ace Singer, Dbanj, who lost his son.
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The hallelujah challenge is a programme where over 68,000 people basically believers in the world gather on Instagram and Facebook live to worship God in song and prayers.
The challenge which holds every midnight till 1 a.m started as a 30-day worship session, which began on June 1 to June 30, 2017.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the US has strongly condemned the attacks in Plateau in which no fewer than 86 people were killed and several others injured.
The US in a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the perpetrators of the attacks should be brought to justice.
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