Happy birthday Nigeria@58
London, October 1, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nigerians home and abroad will today, Monday 1st October 2018 be celebrating the 58th Independence Anniversary of self rule.
In line with tradition, the day is already declared a public holiday in Nigeria and in all the country’s mission abroad
Activities to commemorate the event began on Sunday with Interdenominational Church Service attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other top government functionaries including some past leaders of the country.
VP Yemi Osibajo and other dignitaries at the Independence Church Service in Abuja (Vanguard)
The Vice President, himself a pastor, on Sunday assured that Nigeria will be great again and that the season for Nigeria’s promotion and progress has come
In what he described as prophetic declaration over Nigeria, he said “This anniversary is an opportunity to bless our nation. Nigeria, this 58th year of independence will mark a great new beginning of peace, prosperity, abundance.
“Nigeria, you will be exalted, you will not fall, you will excel, you will rise beyond the imagination of the world, you will be a pride to Africa and the world.
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“This is the season of your exultation Nigeria, the season of your renewal, season of your restoration. All that we have lost will be restored, where we have failed, we will succeed.
We declared that deaths and destruction, every device of Satan has failed over Nigeria.”
Osinbajo also prayed for the family of the deceased pilot in the Nigerian Air Force jet that crashed on Friday during rehearsal for the celebration of Independence anniversary, Squadron Leader, Baba Bello and the two survivors.
In his message entitled “Harnessing our Diversity for National Development” the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Church, Worldwide Dr. Williams Kumuyi said that crime against fellowmen in the country had become a big burden on the national life of Nigeria.
Pastor Kumuyi, the guest minister at the Interdenominational Church Service in his sermon said what the country needed urgently was selflessness and strong commitment to national development issues that would re-position Nigeria to become an envy of many nations of the world
Reading the book of I Corinthians 12:14-27, Pastor Kumuyi likened Nigeria to the early Corinthian Church in the Bible which according to him, failed to harness their diversified gifts for the collective greatness. But Nigeria, he said, could easily become the envy of many nations if there is selfless and commitments to national development.
Some of the problem facing the country, he said, included contentions and divisions among Nigerians, worldly wisdom aimed at destroying the nation’s deliverers.
Others are blindness by selfish ingratitude, pride in harmful dissipation, crimes against fellowmen, families under siege, losing conscience in the nation.
Proposing seven solutions to Nigeria’s problems, he said, there was need to rethink priorities of the country and the church, repentance, reconciling for peaceful partnership, reconnect for purposeful pursuit, recommit to positive principles, redirect Nigeria’s plans and projects, and to renew passion for progress.