Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has warned that Nigeria risks breaking up if efforts are not made to address present cracks.
He gave the warning at an interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary held at the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja on Sunday.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said that although efforts to mend the crack may be opposed, focus and consistent prayers will make Nigeria victorious.
The event was attended by representatives of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; permanent secretaries, officials of the Nigerian military, leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and some other officials of the government.
Osinbajo in his address, referenced the biblical story of Nehemiah and how he led the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall, noting that the story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria.
He said that the story should inspire every Christian to start working in love for a better Nigeria.
Osinbajo also said that Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address Nigeria’s challenges.
He noted that although “our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break if not properly addressed.”
While stating that Nigeria needs a person in the mould of Nehemiah, he pointed out that there will be opposition just as the Nehemiah faced while rebuilding the Jerusalem walls.
Despite the challenges he pointed out, the Vice President was optimistic that the 60th Independence anniversary will usher in a new united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria.
He pointed out that “For us all to be on the same page, have sense of belonging and be happy, the doctrine of equality, that is equal access to employment, governance and education, must be available to all. The principle of inclusivity must be adopted. Nobody or region must be excluded from the scheme of things in Nigeria.”