Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that a new Nigeria has been birthed and that Nigerians would enter the promised land despite the challenges facing the country.
Professor Osinbajo was speaking at the inter-denominational service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, to mark Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary.
Making reference to various passages in the scriptures, Osinbajo said all Nigerians would, in the new Nigeria, benefit from the country’s abundant resources.
“The New Nigeria is here, and each and every one of us, our families our friends, all of us will eat the pleasant fruits of this land.
“God almighty has taken away the protection of the enemies of this nation.
“He has taken away their powers, the noise we hear, the turbulence we experience are the last gases of a defeated foe…the day of freedom is at the door.”
According to the vice president, the new Nigeria is one that would be peaceful while upholding equity and justice.
“God has promised us a new Nigeria, a peaceful Nigeria, a prosperous Nigeria, a Nigeria where Justice and equity shall prevail, a United Nigeria, where the different tribes and tongues are not wedges of separation but the joyful textures of our togetherness.
“God is ready to fulfill His promise. We stand outside the new city, the new Nigeria, like the spies sent by Moses to spy out the promised land.
“Some are saying ha, it is impossible, Nigeria cannot change, the ethnic and religious divisions are too deep, corruption cannot end, politicians are too mischievous.
“Yet, like Caleb and Joshua, we declare that those problems are merely bread for us, we will enter the promised land.”
Admonishing the Nigerian Christian faithful, the General Secretary of the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), Rev. Dr. Daniel Mbaya, who delivered the message of the service reminded them that peace starts from the individual.
Rev. Mbaya said without peace, there would be no growth and development.
“Whatever level of infrastructural development and growth a nation attains, when there is no peace, all those can be reduced to rubbles in a matter of hours.
“Hence, there is no alternative to peace and justice.
“Being salt and light of the world, we have greater role responsibility as Christian citizens so that our nation can experience the peace of God.”
Mbaya said church must embrace dialogue to resolve issues of insecurity; promote national healing and reconciliation as well as contribute to poverty reduction.
Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), said the gathering of Nigerians for the service was an affirmative indication of their love for Nigeria.
He said Nigeria was on the threshold of breakthrough in its journey of nationhood.
Vice President Osinbajo was joined at the service by his wife, Dolapo; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, members of the National Assembly, ministers and members of the diplomatic corps.