Acting President Osinbajo tasks Nigerians on sacrifice

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on Nigerians to make the sacrifices that would make the country great.

The acting President made the call in an inter-denominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, to mark the 2017 Democracy Day celebration.

Professor Osinbajo also prayed God to heal President Buhari and bring him back to the country.

Taking his reference from the Luke’s gospel chapter 10: 30-37, Osinbajo called on Nigerians to emulate the Good Samaritan in the sacrifice he made to save the man who was attacked by robbers as was told by Jesus Christ in the bible.

He said:  “This nation requires men and women prepared to make the sacrifices that will make it great. Those men may not be leaders; they may not even be politicians; they may not even be priest or men and women of God.  But they are those that Jesus spoke about. He said that there are certain people who may not even people of note, but they are prepared to make the sacrifice; they are prepared to sacrifice something for this nation. They are prepared to do something for that will help this nation.” 

He said such men and women could be found everywhere as people working in different professions “who will not walk past the nation and just pray that all will go well, but will be prepared to make the sacrifice that will make the nation great.” 

According to Osinbajo, the sacrifice required of Nigerians is that which would entrench integrity, making them prepared to stand against corruption.

“It’s a sacrifice because when you speak against corruption in your place of work, it fights back,” the acting president stated, calling on Nigerians, to “make the sacrifice that is required to make our country great, whether you are small or big, whether you are a leader or a follower, be prepared to make that sacrifice.”

Osinbanjo prayed that the Lord “will heal our president and bring him back safely” and also for “the grace to be able to make the nation great.”

Delivering the message, the President and Founder of the World Communication Ministries, Apostle Sunday Poopola, who spoke on the theme of the service: “the dry bone shall live again,” taken from Eziekel 37:1-14, said that Nigeria “is a nation set for divine purpose.”

He said Nigerians must take responsibility for their destiny and look beyond the actions of the imperialists at the Berlin Conference of 1885 and the 1914 Amalgamation.

He called on Nigerians to have patience with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues in his efforts to bring enduring change in Nigeria and advised them to register and vote during elections.

Sunday’s inter-denominational service was laced with gospel music from different Nigerian gospel artists and the Christian Association of Nigeria’s Mass Choir, Abuja.

The wife of the Acting President, Dolapo Osinbajo, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, among other notable Nigerians were in attendance.