The annual harvest thanks giving service of the State House Chapel witnessed an unusual congregation, as three former Nigerian leaders and three former number Vice Presidents joined the incumbent Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to show gratitude to God for his goodness over Nigeria.
The leaders, who converged at the Aso Villa Chapel for the thanksgiving service were former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of the Interim Government Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, and former Chiefs of General Staff Ebitu Ukiwe and Oladipo Diya.
Prayers were offered by the leaders and the Aso Villa Chapel congregation for the continued success of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the progress of the nation.
Speaking during the service as he welcomed the leaders, Professor Osinbajo noted that the nation was grateful to God, adding that the Lord has upheld Nigeria, this year.
Later, while speaking with reporters at the end of the service, the Vice President added that “the former Presidents and Vice Presidents are here for the thanksgiving service, they’ve been invited specially to come. We were also expecting former President Jonathan but unfortunately he had to cancel at the last moment. So we are all extremely excited that we are able to bring everyone together to thank God for our nation and to give him thanks for the great future ahead of us.”
Earlier at the service, former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon urged all Nigerians to support the present administration’s efforts towards revamping the economy and restoring Nigeria’s dignity in the comity of nations.
He also offered special prayers for the leadership of the nation to overcome the numerous challenges and return Nigeria to the path of prosperity, peace and progress.
In his sermon, the Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Sheyi Malomo emphasized the importance of thanksgiving in every human endeavor. Citing the scriptures, the clergyman said God was expectant of gratitude for his good deeds to man.
According to him, “it is the will of God that whatever situation you are in, you should always give thanks to God because he expects thanksgiving every time.”
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo and Mrs Margaret Shonekan were also in attendance at the service.
A number of cabinet ministers, several top government functionaries and Christian leaders were also in attendance.
After the service, the leaders joined the Vice President at his official residence for breakfast.