Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated 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, August 15.
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 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, realising that Christ died for all men and that our gospel was the gospel of peace.