(BY VEN. FOLUSO TAIWO)
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has likened the Nigerian situation to the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan who voluntarily showed compassion to the victim attacked by armed robbers and saved him from untimely death.
Prof. Osinbajo made this remark at the National Christian Centre while marking the 18th Democracy day celebrations. The Acting President, who is also a Pastor drew his text from Luke chapter 10 verses 30-37 and said that the Nigerian nation requires men and women that will make sacrificial contribution to change the country from her pitiable state like the Good Samaritan did. He said men and women from all professional bodies, unemployed graduates should make sacrifices to rid Nigeria out of the economic recession it has plunged into.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said it is only total commitment and sacrifice that can save the nation against corruption. According to him, teachers must be ready to make sacrifices and doctors work sacrificially to make the country great. The citizenry, he said must be ready to work sacrificially for the nation Nigeria to be great again.
Meanwhile, in his sermon the guest preacher, Apostle Sunday Popoola of World Communicating Ministry (WOCOM) said the political structure of Nigeria is founded on imperialism; problems of Nigeria started with the 1914 amalgamation over 100 years ago by Lord Lugard. He said the problems of many nations amalgamated together is still rearing its ugly head till today, adding that one of the ways out of this unholy alliance is the issue of National Conference. According to the ebullient Apostle, the National Conference held by the immediate past administration should be revisited with people brainstorming on the outcome and do something about it.
He took the three tiers of government to the cleaners with the Judiciary getting knocks. He said the third tier of government should be reformed, radicalized and made to function well, adding that the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
The Executive and Legislative arms of government was not spared, He asked that leadership problems must stop in Nigeria asking the electorates to demand accountability from their representatives. Not only this, Apostle Popoola said as a matter of urgency credible pressure groups must be formed because Nigeria is in a seemingly helpless state. He said if God had not been the bone of the country, there would have been disintegration. He said all structures in the nation, Nigeria represent dryness. He said God should not be neglected.
He called on the Church to continue to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, by preaching the undiluted truth, word of God, sound doctrine in the Churches with transparency, not taking sides, non-partisanship and praying with nothing to hide. The guest preacher at this year’s Democracy Thanksgiving Service said if Nigeria is serious about the development of things, then the civil service should restructured to make leaders accountable, adding that a situation where leaders are not accountable to anyone must stop, adding that they must apologize each time they make a mistake.
He gave kudos to the acting president and gave profuse citing of the scripture to corroborate his stand on integrity and uprightness, adding that when the righteous rule the people rejoice. He concluded his message by prophesying that God will pass through Nigeria and the birth of a new great nation, Nigeria will be visible before ten years.