Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- October 18, 2017
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In his special address on the auspicious occasion of the 57th Independence anniversary of Nigeria, the acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osibanjo spoke like a pastor that he is when he quoted from the Bible the great Commission of Christ from Mathew 28 from verse 19 to 20 of the same Chapter.
He spoke extensively of the responsibility of making sacrifices, loving of one’s neighbor and enemies and blessing those who curses, hates and persecutes according to Mathew 5 verse 38 to 43 to be sons of Children of their father in heaven. He said vengeance is Lord’s adding that those who are called by the name of Jesus Christ, Christians gathered together on the occasion of the 57th Independence anniversary are the salt of the earth, the burden bearers of the Nigerian nation hence they must preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken hearted and set at liberty those who are oppressed and teach the nation unity by uniting the body of Christ without discrimination or segregation. He said that responsibility is on all Christians, hence they must rise up and teach the people the virtues that Christ has taught them loving their neighbours, praying for their enemies, uniting the body of Christ.
Prof. Osinbanjo then made several prayerful decrees and declarations that Nigeria will prosper and attain all plans and purposes of God adding that the glories of the former days will be nothing to be compared with the glories of the latter.
Meanwhile in his goodwill message for the 57th Independence Anniversary, General Yakubu Gowon former Military Head of State and elder statesman has admonished Christians and all Nigerians to Continue to pray and work for Unity of Nigeria.
He prayed that the tie that binds Nigeria and Nigerians together will continue to wax stronger and stronger in Jesus name. With him on the Podium were former Military head of State Retired General Olusegun Obasanjo who was also a Civilian President of Nigeria for eight years 1999 to 2007 Chief Ernest Shonekan who was an interim President of Nigeria for three months they all wished Nigeria well on the occasion of the 57 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.