Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday declared that the country’s future would be better than its past.
He made the declaration in his remarks at the 2017 Independence Day Interdenominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
The Vice President, who made the declaration in the form of prayer, said `: “I declare concerning this nation that this nation will be fruitful, that this nation will prosper, that this nation will attain all of the plans and purposes of God.
“We will all benefit from the fruits of this nation.
“I declare concerning this nation that the glories of the former days will be nothing to compare with the glories of the latter.
“I declare concerning this nation that all will be well with this nation; our joys will be full in this nation.
“We will live in this nation to declare the wondrous works of God, we will prosper in this nation and we will hand to generations yet unborn a better country.”
Osinbajo called on Christians to live according to injunctions of God to make the country better and prosperous for everyone.
He said that the Christian should teach others in the country how to unite but added that they should start by teaching our nation how to unite with ourselves and uniting the body.
He noted that within the body of Christ there were no denominations, no ethnicities or groups but that all were one in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He said the responsibility to gather together was for all who were named after Jesus Christ.
“Our nation is at a point where Christians are called to stand up and do what it is that scripture has commanded us to do.
“Our nation is at a point where we as Christians have to rise up and teach our nation the virtues that Jesus Christ taught us: loving our neighbours, praying for even our enemies, uniting the body and uniting all at the centre,” he said.
The Vice President recalled that Christians were described as the salt of the earth, a chosen generation and a royal priesthood.
He further said that Christ empowered and commanded Christians not to take vengeance but to go and make disciples of the nations and to love one another.
According to him, such mandate makes it imperative that God asks the Christian to account in leadership and for the destiny of the nation.
Osinbajo thanked God for preserving the lives of Nigerians as they marked their independence.
Earlier in a message entitled “Godly Leadership”, Rev. Prof. Yusufu Turaki of the TEKAN/ECWA, remarked that Nigerians should show loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo and the national flag.
(TEKAN is a name of collection of Christian faithful in Northern part of the country, meaning “Tarayyar Ekklisiyar Kristi a Nigeria)
He stated that the persons and flag represented the symbols of the country’s unity.
According to the cleric, the President and the Vice President are under oath to rule Nigeria in accordance with the tenets of the constitution and the rule of law.
He highlighted the essence of unity and peace in the country which he noted that their absence did not augur well for the people.
Turaki observed that in spite of the challenges, the country could remain a peaceful and sustainable nation but noted that it required strong moral character of the people.
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