Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed the conviction that the cloud currently hovering over the country will give way for a new Nigeria.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice President spoke on Friday while attending the national prayer breakfast in Abuja.
The statement was titled ‘The clouds will give way to a new Nigeria, says Osinbajo at national prayer breakfast.’
According to the statement, Osinbajo said a new Nigeria was in the making, but it is currently clouded by travails which will certainly give way to a glorious and bright new morn of a new nation.
“The new nation is birthing already. It is covered by a cloud, but the cloud will pass, and God Almighty will take all of the glory for the birthing of a new nation,” he was quoted as saying.
Osinbajo underscored the need for collective prayers, faith, hope and action, adding that Nigeria would prevail over the challenges of today.
He described the national prayer breakfast as a timely event that “comes at a time of great travail and tribulation for the nation: in the throes of a pandemic for well over a year, leading to a severe economic downturn, loss of jobs and livelihoods; and as we climbed out of the recession, we have been faced with an unprecedented scale of insecurity, in different zones of the nation.
“But we know that every time that a nation where the lives of the children of God is challenged, it is God’s call to His people to take action. It is an opportunity for God to demonstrate that He is God over the nations, that He is the creator of the heavens and the earth, that He knows the beginning from the end.
“But God also wants us to know that He has ordained us to speak to life.
“The Scripture has consistently shown us that children of God are central to the birth of a new nation, the rebirth of nations. They must desire change, cry to God, be ready to make the sacrifice of repentance.
“As we are the salt, we are also the light, the light ends the darkness; it marks the end of the night of weeping and marks the glorious sunlight of the morning of joy. So, the pouring of the salt into the source of the water, the source of the problem, is the prophetic act we perform today.”
Referencing the Bible in 2 Kings 2:19-22, the Vice President said, “we, the salt, are also poured today by prayer and prophecy, to the source of our nation’s problems.
“And as we pray and prophesy, a new nation will be birthed; one where, like the city to which Elisha went, the land was healed, the people prospered and peace and joy prevailed.
He went on to praise the organisers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd.), whom he commended for his commitment and dedication to Nigeria from his youth, when he was Head of State, to his later years as an elder statesman where his well-seasoned words have guided the nation’s leaders for decades.”