There are cracks that may quicken break up of Nigeria if not addressed-Osinbajo

By our reporter| Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday said the country may be heading for a break up if urgent steps are not taken, collectively, to address the forces threatenibg to quicken the disintegration.

Osinbajo who stated this in Abuja at the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service held at National Ecumenical Centre, themed “Come, let us rebuild…” noted that though, the task of mending the cracks could face severe opposition, it can only be achieved by consistent focus and prayers by Nigerians who desire more peaceful and prosperous nation.

Represented by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Osinbajo referenced the story of Nehemiah in the Bible, and his role in rebuilding the broken-down walls of Jerusalem and urged Nigerians to study the story of Nehemiah and replicate same in Nigeria for a better country.

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He said, “The story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria who is desirous of following the part of Christian way of life. It is only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us as Nigerians to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls (Nigeria) today.

“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for that 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 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.

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“There’s urgent need for Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desire 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.”

The Vice President while expressing optimism that the 60th independence anniversary could herald a rebirth of Nigerian as a nation, charged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to provide quality leadership to its faithful and guide them in making Nigeria a great country that it has been destined to be.

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