Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday led the nation’s former leaders and top government officials to an interdenominational church service in commemoration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary.
The service held at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja was attended by former heads of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, as well as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
The service had “National Unity in the Bond of Peace and Love” as its theme.
The first Bible reading at the service was read by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onoghen, from Ephesians 4:1-16, while Dogara read the second from 1 Cor. 13:1-13.
Osinbajo, assured the worshippers that Nigeria would overcome its challenges.
He said as the salt of the earth, Christians were to teach the nation about righteousness, peace and national unity.
The Vice President, prayed for the nation to blossom and overcome its challenges and that the glory of the former days would be nothing to be compared to the glory of the latter days.
General Yakubu Gowon, who spoke on behalf of other former leaders, urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the peace and unity of the country, describing the gesture as their greatest responsibility.
The representative of the Senate President, Senior Sola Adeyeye, attributed the nation’s woes to the fact that many people seek the glory of men and not that of God.