Randy Odogu, Abuja
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged Nigerians against falling prey to persons who may want to exploit the nation’s fault lines.
This development is coming even as Members of the Muhammadu Buhari Osinbanjo Dynamic Support Group made a strong showing at the presidential inter denominational inauguration church service which held today, Sunday.
The Vice President, while speaking at the service organized as part of activities heralding President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term inauguration at the Ecumenical Christian center, also urged Christians to lead in giving Nigerians hope.
Osinbajo expressed the confident that the nation’s future is bright, saying we must not permit anyone to take advantage of the country’s fault lines.
According to him, “Our days will be better and better. This is the reason why I am so confident, our ministry is that of reconciliation.
“Our country stands at the threshold of phenomenal great, the end of the story light and joy. We begin with darkness and confusion but the end of our story is bright, the future of our nation is bright.”
The guest Speaker, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, standing in for the President of Chatholic Bishop Conference, Augustine Akubeze, gave a message he titled “ Let us chose life, not death “ Deuteronomy 30: verse 19.
While noting that Nigerians are still waiting for the final verdict of the various election petitions tribunals, Onaiyeka asserted that “ This is not time for any celebration of victory or lamentations over defeat, rather, it is time to put all our efforts together to tackle the serious challenges facing us”
“ The days of pointing accusing fingers at others will not carry us far” , adding that “for sincere change to take place, we must all be ready for a sincere change of heart, from the highest to the lowest, but especially at the highest levels”
“ Empty boasts and barefaced denials of the realities around us cannot built a nation”. We are in the house of God and before God, we must tell each other the truth”
“The truth is that our nation is not in the state for us to rejoice”
He noted that ranks of the poor are swelling by the day, hopeless and helpless, as they watch in frustration, the affluence of the very few cruising in a different world. He noted that such wide socio- economic disparity has actually led to wide spread anger, tension, violence and outright criminality in the land adding that but all is not well”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu took the main scripture reading , taken from Revelation 4: 1-11, at the event which attracted former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Service Chiefs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and top government officials.
On his part, the National Coordinator of Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group, Hon Usman Ibrahim, said Nigeria is a nation blessed with diverse human and material resources, pointing out that unity of purpose amongst all will take the country to its desired destination.
He noted irrespective of religious persuasions, that Nigerians are one and more united than other make it seem, adding it was the hope and prayers of all well-meaning Nigerians for the country to move into the next level.
Also on the MBO’s delegation were National Patron, Hon Ajala, state coordinators, national women leader and other members of the national executive committee.