Nigeria’s Vice-President , Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has warned that Nigeria will break up if efforts are not made to address the current situations in the country.
The VP said that efforts to amend the recent situations in the country may be opposed, but such opposition will be defeated with consistent prayers and focus.
Prof. Osinbajo on Sunday, 27th September, 2020, gave the warning in Abuja at an interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary.
The Vice-President was represented at the National Ecumenical Centre by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, where the anniversary service held.
Governmnet top officials were also in attendance, such as; representatives of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; permanent secretaries, military officials and members of the diplomatic community.
Osinbaja, while referencing the biblical story of Nehemiah, he explained how Nehemiah championed the rebuilding of the broken walls of Jerusalem.
Prof. Osinbajo said, “The story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria. It’s only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us, as Nigerians, to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls today.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for those Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break if not properly addressed.
“Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.
“There’s an urgent need for a Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desires to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers.” Osinbajo Said.
However, the Vice President expressed optimism that the 60th Independence anniversary could herald a rebirth Nigeria, saying “no group is more prepared for this task than our religious bodies.”
“For us all to be on the same page, have sense of belonging and be happy, the doctrine of equality, that is equal access to employment, governance and education, must be available to all. The principle of inclusivity must be adopted. Nobody or region must be excluded from the scheme of things in Nigeria,” the VP added.
The interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary was also held in different states in Nigeria and this what some of the state governors said.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, called for unity at an Independence thanksgiving service in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said, “I enjoin us to use this opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the unity of this nation and continue to live peacefully with one another in love.”
In Ogun state, The State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, urged Nigerians not to be despondent, despite the challenges Nigeria is currrently facing.
“Despite all predictions, Nigeria is still standing. Our diversity is our strength. We are a resilient and confident people. We surmounted the Civil war, Boko Haram. Tomorrow will bring the best in us. All we need to do is to work together. Nigeria will move forward. We must not prophesy doom. Nation building is not for government alone, but the responsibility of all,” He said.
Nigeria will celebrate Nigeria’s 60th anniversary on October 1st, 2020. To mark Nigeria at 60 anniversar, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami who is the Chairman of the Diamond/Innovation/Change Sub-Committee had announced the launching of “Nigeria at 60 challenge” to aid talented Nigerians participate in the Nigeria’s 60th anniversary.
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