President Uhuru Kenyatta has told off critics who dismissed him when he declared Saturday, 21st March, a National Prayer Day for all citizens to seek divine support in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The critics argued that Covid-19 will be eliminated through scientific solutions and not spiritual intervention.
The President told them that even when science was needed, God should be involved more so that researchers are able come up with a workable solution.
On addition, he said Kenya is a “godly nation” as proclaimed in the first line of our Nation Anthem.
“Kenya is a nation that believes in the Almighty, as represented in the opening of our National Anthem where we recognise him as God of all creation,” he said.
The President spoke at State House, Nairobi, when he hosted inter-denominational service against coronavirus disease.
He said that a country that turns to God when faced with crisis is bound to prosper.
The President asked all citizens to continue praying until God delivers the country from the pandemic.
“I’m certain God is listening and He will hear us and grant us our desires and our wishes.”
The session, which was presided over by religious leaders, was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga. Former Vice-Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi were also present.
Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit asked Kenyans to seek heavenly intervention instead of panicking.
“Let’s us know that God is in charge, He is in control and we are going to emerge victorious,” The Most-Rev Ole Sapit said.
His sentiment was echoed by Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva, who asked all stakeholders to help control the spread of the virus.
Several religious and spiritual leaders, including Kisumu Catholic Archbishop Philip Anyolo, Prof Abdulatif Essajjee, Sheikh Hassan ole Naado, Ms Sujata Kotamraju, Bishop Joseph Ntombura, Bishop Mark Kariuki and Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki offered intercessory prayers against the pandemic.