Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria will eventually overcome its security and socio-economic challenges as the Spirit of God is in the land.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the send off service for Rev. Israel Akanji on Sunday.
Akanji served as Senior Pastor and Minister in Charge of the First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, for 22 years. He is now the new President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle, and the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, among other dignitaries and Christian leaders also attended the service.
Citing the first chapter in the Biblical Book of Genesis, Osinbajo related events surrounding the creation of the heaven and earth to the nation’s present challenges and the lives of great individuals.
“Indeed, the lives of great men and women, even as the lives of nations teach important lessons.
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. The beginning was bleak, confused, without form, empty.
“This is the way of the lives of some of the greatest men and women and also nations.
“There might be confusion, grief, trouble, darkness and fear. But even in that confusion, the Bible tells us that the Spirit of the Lord was hovering over the face of the deep. God was in the darkness, He did not run away, He is not asleep.
“So, it is with our nation; today, some things may seem bleak and grave, with insecurity, economic difficulties, but even in the midst of these problems, the Spirit of God is in this land, it is here, hovering over this nation.
“So, what happens next in verse three? We are told that suddenly God spoke, ‘let there be light…and there was light.’ The darkness came to an end, the fear, insecurity came to an end. So, it shall be for you and our nation.
“In the next verse, scripture says, God saw the light that it was good….so it shall be for you and our nation; the light will come and it shall be good, very good.”
Osinbajo also commended Akanji’s attributes as a humble and credible leader who had continued to forge pathways for peace and unity as an effective bridge builder between faiths and ethnicities, realisng that Christ died for all men, and that our gospel was the gospel of peace.
The vice president said that Akanji had also served the Body of Christ in Nigeria as the CAN Chairman of Federal Capital Territory, and was still serving as the CAN North Central Zone’s leader.
“Akanji now proceeds by the grace of God to the exalted office of the President of the Baptist Convention: the highest office of the Baptist denomination in Nigeria.
“In this long and arduous journey, Akanji has had by his side, his dear friend, partner and darling wife, Mrs Victoria Akanji, Mama Sunshine.
“She has been an effective part of the great works that God has done in her husband’s ministry.”
According to the vice president, Akanji’s practical demonstration of the gospel of the love of Christ is his recipe for conflict resolution.
He said that in the 22 years of serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Garki, the humble, humorous General of God had also become a foremost, credible and articulate ambassador of the Christian faith in Nigeria.
The vice president congratulated Akanji on the occasion of his 60th birthday coming up on Aug. 16.
He wished Akanji more strength, wisdom and favour and asked for God’s blessing on all Nigerians. (NAN)
Easter: Kumuyi preaches righteousness, peace, patriotism
The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has advised Nigerians to shun vices and embrace righteousness, which the event represents.
Delivering his Easter message, themed “Risen with Christ,” the cleric urged that the significance of the celebration must be internalised through renewal of lives.
“As the power of resurrection comes upon your life, it comes with renewal.
“The renewal is not limited to individuals, but available for the nation of Nigeria, continent of Africa, Asia, America, Europe and others
“Such renewal has the capability to affect your mind, heart, energy, vision, conscience, among others.”
In the same vein Pastor Adonri Osaretin of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Spring Forth Zonal Headquarters, Lugbe, Abuja has urged Nigerians not to give up as God has not finished with them.
Osaretin gave the advice at the RCCG Spring Forth Easter Music Concert titled; “The Galilee Experience”.
He explained that the Galilee experience was what happened to Apostle Peter, who had denied Jesus thrice during the Crucifixion.
He said that Apostle Peter returned to Galilee and he did not give up, he still waited on the Lord and returned to Him.
The cleric said that “the truth is that the time for waiting is a period that your faith and patience are put to test.
“Your reliance on the Almighty God must be total.
“Things may happen in the country as you don’t want, or expect but don’t give up.”
He acknowledged that it was good to give God thanks for all the good things “we have received”.
Osaretin urged Christians to believe in God and all His deeds with all their faith firmly in place, adding, “we are bound to have greater testimonies this Easter and beyond”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various parishes made songs presentations as various Bible verses were read.
Atiku felicitates with Pastor Adeboye at 80
Former Vice President of Nigeria and Wazirin of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, has felicitated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye as he clocks 80 years of age on Wednesday describing him as a distinguished and rare breed preacher of the Christian faith.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by his Media Office, Atiku said “Pastor Adeboye is a great man worthy of emulation, an astute teacher, an excellent coach and an exceptional role model who has inspired millions across the world and continues to be a shining light of the Christian faith.”
He described Pastor Adeboye as an uncommon shepherd and a father figure, who by exemplary acts teaches his followers and mentees to live purposefully.
“I celebrate with you as you turn 80 years old today (Wednesday). You continue to inspire millions of people across the world with your infectious virtue of humility and your unique insight into the word of God. I wish you many more years of good health and faithful service in the service of God,” Atiku said.
Gov Emmanuel reacts to the Passage of Pastor Ezekiel Atang
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has commiserated with the family of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, a renowned preacher in the state.
Atang, until his death two days ago, was the General Overseer of the God’s House of Refuge, Uyo .
He died shortly after a three-day programme of Wordspring Gospel and Worship Centre, Onitsha, Anambra State.
In a statement issued by Akwa Ibom State Government Media Unit, the Governor visited the family to console them of the sudden demise of the pastor.
According to the statement, “His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, today visited the home of renowned Uyo based cleric, Pastor Ezekiel Atang who passed on suddenly two days ago.
”The Governor commiserated with the family on the demise of the Late Senior Pastor of God’s House of Refuge who left behind his wife, Dr Dara Atang, three children, aged mother, elder brother and other relations.”
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