Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed confidence in his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to take Nigeria out of the present economic challenges. He said that the administration would surely rescue the country and take Nigerians across the red-sea into the promise land.
The assurance was contained in Osinbajo’s remark at the 56th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja on Sunday.
The Vice President charged the people not to be deterred by the economic recession, assuring that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. “We are on our way out of the wilderness. We should not be like children of Israel when He took them out of Egypt and after few problems became grumblers-in-chief. “As children of God we must declare this nation will prosper, we must be like our father who is the great encourager.
“Our message to Nigeria is be strong and of good encourage, do not be dismayed, every Nigeria will benefit from the new Nigeria. “God saw our nation and decided to put this leadership in place, this leadership will take us across the red sea to the new Nigeria”, Osinbajo said. In his message at the event, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, said that the country’s leaders needed divine revelation and wisdom to tackle the economic challenges. He reasoned that the country ought not have been in the quagmire if the previous administrations had saved for the rainy.
He however admonished the government to look beyond the Federal Executive Council, FEC, and accommodate external opinions to realign the economy. He said: “They were siphoning the resources for their pockets. We got into this also because of our inability to diversify. We killed our agriculture for oil. “We are all responsible for the self-imposed trouble. There is hope, help will come from above for Nigeria.
There is a way out in the mind of God if we seek Him”. The CAN president also stated that the judgment of God was coming on all those that looted the economy which he said that put Nigeria on the difficult pedestal. “When you have left office, what will you be remembered for?” He queried “Judgment of God is coming. The corrupt Nigerians that have not been apprehended will not escape the judgment of God”, he said. He urged the government to restore religious studies and discipline in schools. The scriptures read included Isaiah 60: 9 to 20 and 1st Chronicle 12:32. The 1st scripture reading was taken from Ezekiel 37: 1 to 14 by a representative of the judiciary.
The 2nd scripture reading was taken from Romans 8: 28 to 39 by the Chief of Defence State, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin. Intercessary prayers were offered for President Buhari, Osinbajo and other members of the executive arm as well as the Nigerian nation, security and economic challenges.
The same were made for the legislature and the judiciary, peace and development of the country and the unity of the church. Dignitaries at the occasion included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, Wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, Bayelsa State Governor, Sarieke Dickson, former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, Senator Olurunibe Mamora, Senate President, Bukola Saraki was represented by Senator Bernabas Gemade.