The Minister for Justice, Worship and Penitentiary Institutions, Filomena Oyo Ebue, representing the President of the Republic and Founder of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), opened the celebrations to mark the National Day of Prayer in the Stadium in Malabo.
Before the ceremony began, Oyo Ebule read a message sent by the Head of State:
“Dear pastors and faithful Christians, I send you my greetings of peace, love and reconciliation to all compatriots in the pentecostal evangelical churches of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. For reasons beyond my control, I has not been possible for me to personally attend this act of supplication to the Almighty. However, and through this message, I am joining all of you spiritually to dedicate your prayers to Jehovah, so that his mercy may descend on the people of Equatorial Guinea on the way to peace. I have no doubt whatsoever that the Lord Almighty will listen to our prayers, as we can truly say that God has always been at our side, since he allowed us to lead the historic destiny of our nation.
In this our greatest desire has been to work for peace, reconciliation and the unity of the people of Equatorial Guinea. As we all know, good is accompanied by evil, and that is the situation that we find here and now, in which the unity and solidarity of the people and a belief in God the creator of the universe are effective arms to combat all adversity. In effect, the small, weak Republic of Equatorial Guinea, little developed in its short political history, but rich and intense in experience, has managed to survive.
Thus the people of Equatorial Guinea should not feel threatened if united around God and with experience in life as testimony, and I conclude my speech by thanking all the pentecostal churches in Equatorial Guinea and their leaders”.
Following these words from the Head of State, those gathered listened to religious readings, and words from the National President of Pentecostal Churches, Juan Sima, among other ministers, who led prayers, asking for a change in mentality for Equatoguineans, together with peace and the political stability of the nation.
Furthermore, prayers were said for the governors of the country, for their decisions, wisdom and health.
To conclude the ceremony, Juan Sima welcomed the message from H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the presence and speech by the minister Filomena Oyo Ebule.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea