Osinbajo reveals conditions pushing Nigeria towards breakup

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that cracks in Nigeria’s walls could lead to the nation’s breakup if not immediately attended to.

He stated this Sunday in Abuja at an interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary.

At the service held at the National Ecumenical Centre, the second citizen, who is a Senior Pastor with The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), spoke while referencing the Biblical story of Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the broken walls of Jerusalem.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, 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.”

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According to Osinbajo, the 60th Independence Anniversary could be the beginning of a major turning point in the history of Nigeria.

He challenged the religious bodies in the country to be in the vanguard of this national rebirth.

This is just as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in his exhortation, emphasised the place of justice to engender peace, tolerance and love in the nation.

The Herald can report that the event was attended by the 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, members of the diplomatic community and other senior government officials.

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