Catholic Priest Urges Nigerians to Pray Fervently against Country’s “multiple demons”

Mons. John Aniagwu. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigeria is facing “multiple demons” including corruption, insecurity and tribalism, and can only be saved with fervent prayers, the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in the West African nation has said.

In his homily during the first day of the annual retreat for the staff of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and the agencies of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Mons. John Aniagwu encouraged Nigerians not to give up on prayer as the country goe through one of its most turbulent times.

“Even though it seems as though the more we pray, the more things get worse, we should never give up on praying for Nigeria, because prayers are the only thing that can save Nigeria,” Mons. Aniagwu said at the two-day retreat that ended Wednesday, January 10.

The Vicar General of Lagos Archdiocese who also serves as the Parish Priest of St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja added, “Prayer can do a lot, persistent prayers can help Nigeria and Nigerians.”

In his homily during the event held at St Gabriel Chaplaincy of CSN, Mons. Aniagwu highlighted “religious bigotry”, and “diabolic leadership” as other “demons” that Africa’s most populous nation needs to be delivered from.


The Priest who moderated the retreat that started Tuesday, January 9 reflected on the day’s first reading in which Hannah’s prayers were answered due to her consistency and urged the people of God not to tire in their prayers for the country to be delivered from its numerous challenges.

“The judiciary cannot save this country, even elections cannot save this country as we thought in 2023. All those institutions need prayers themselves to survive,” the Vicar General of Lagos Archdiocese said in his homily at the retreat.

Mons Aniagwu discouraged the staff and other Nigerians against ungodly feelings and emotions such as anger, pride, hatred, laziness, lust, and prejudice, which he said “constitute demonic influences in human lives.”

The Nigerian Priest said, “If we subject these things to the authority of Christ, he will cast them out. Go to the sacraments of confession and be relieved of these demons.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.