Bright future lies ahead for Nigeria-VP Osinbajo

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a bright future lies ahead for Nigeria, despite the current difficulties the country is facing.

He says government will continue to lead the country by example as it works hard to restore the past glory of the country.

Professor Osinbajo made the disclosure at the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Christmas Carol, organized by Voice of Nigeria, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Television Authority, with Voice of Nigeria as the host for 2016.

The 2016 edition of the annual service of nine lessons and Christmas carol, put together by Voice of Nigeria, VON, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN and the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, featured special renditions.

Speaking at the event, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, said Nigerians must exhibit the values of Christ, which include love and service.

“We should have love for ourselves and love for each other even as Jesus said we should love our enemies. When we live in love we live in peace and when we live in peace we live in prosperity. Jesus also served and so we should love our nation enough to serve it with diligence and an upright heart,” the Vice president advised.

Exemplary Leadership

The Vice President said on its part, government will continue to lead by example, to restore the glory of the country and also ensure adequate protection of lives and property of all Nigerians.

“On the part of government, you have our assurance that we shall continue to lead by example, working hard and diligently every day, to restore the years that the cancer worm had eaten. Government will continue to dutifully protect lives and property with all the means at its disposal while also protecting the right of every Nigerian to fully worship in their chosen faiths and to freely live wherever they choose in our country,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo, who commended the country’s Armed Forces for rising up to the occasion, by defeating terrorists, pledged that government would continue to pursue dialogue, reconciliation and nation building, as it addresses some of the main issues that have divisive tendencies.

The Vice President who read the 8th lesson at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s sympathy message to the government and people of Akwa Ibom state, following the collapse of a church building in the state, where lives were lost.

Voice of Nigeria’s Choir group presented a song they specially composed for the 2016 Carol.

Dignitaries at the annual service included former Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon, Sheikh Khalid of Apo Central Mosque in Abuja, Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu and his counterparts from the FRCN and NTA.

Other top government functionaries and Service Chiefs were also in attendance.