A new Nigeria to emerge from the passing cloud, says Osinbajo

Ebun Francis| Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said a new Nigeria covered by a cloud that will eventually pass, is in the making.

Osinbajo who spoke at a national prayer breakfast in Abuja, said there is a need for collective prayers, faith, hope, and action, adding that Nigeria will prevail over its challenges.

According to him, the theme of the prayer breakfast, ‘Birth of a New Nation’, was significant, given the challenges in the country.

The prayer breakfast “comes at a time of great travail and tribulation for the nation: in the throes of a pandemic for well over a year, leading to a severe economic downturn, loss of jobs and livelihoods; and as we climbed out of the recession, we have been faced with an unprecedented scale of insecurity, in different zones of the nation, Osinbajo was quoted to have said at the event by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

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“But we know that every time that a nation where the lives of the children of God is challenged, it is God’s call to His people to take action.

“It is an opportunity for God to demonstrate that He is God over the nations, that He is the creator of the heavens and the earth, that He knows the beginning from the end. But God also wants us to know that He has ordained us to speak to life.

“The new nation is birthing already. It is covered by a cloud, but the cloud will pass, and God Almighty will take all of the glory for the birthing of a new nation.

“As we are the salt, we are also the light, the light ends the darkness; it marks the end of the night of weeping and marks the glorious sunlight of the morning of joy. So, the pouring of the salt into the source of the water, the source of the problem, is the prophetic act we perform today.

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“We, the salt, are also poured today by prayer and prophecy, to the source of our nation’s problems. And as we pray and prophesy, a new nation will be birthed; one where, like the city to which Elisha went, the land was healed, the people prospered and peace and joy prevailed.”

The VP thanked organisers of the programme, as well as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, whom he described as the “father of the Nigerian Prays movement”.

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