At the 60th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational church service held at the National Ecumenical Centre, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated Nigeria will break up if cracks that are in the system are not addressed.
In the church service themed “Come, let us rebuild…”, he stated that the identified cracks can only be repaired with consistent focus and prayers by Nigerians who desire a peaceful nation.
Represented by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Sunday, made reference to the story of Nehemiah in the Bible, and his role in rebuilding the broken-down walls of Jerusalem, he urged Nigerians to replicate the acts of Nehemiah for a better country.
“The story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria who is desirous of following the part of the Christian way of life. It is only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us as Nigerians to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls (Nigeria) today.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for that Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation-building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to break if not properly addressed. Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the Face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls. Because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.
“There’s an urgent need for Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desire to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers,” Osinbajo said.