BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR.
Pastor William Kumuyi, General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, has called on Nigerians to harness their diversities for national development.
Kumuyi who made the call on Sunday at the Independence Day interdenominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, said Nigeria is endowed with highly resourceful citizens by God.
He pointed out that Nigeria could become the envy of many nations, if the citizens harnessed their diversified gifts for their collective greatness.
He however said Nigeria like Biblical Corinthians Church is obsessed with strife and personality cult, blinded by selfish ingratitude, crimes against fellowmen, adding that “We seem to be losing conscience in the nation.”
Kumuyi further called for re-think, repentance, reconciliation, re-connection and re-direction to move the country on the path of growth and greatness.
According to him, “In God’s infinite wisdom and incomprehensive providence, he has put seemingly diverse people together to fulfill his divine will.
“What God has connected together, let not short-sighted reasoning disconnect.
“In the country, mutual support and encouragement, sincere recongintion, and involvement of all well- meaning and qualified citizens are necessary to avoid wastage of lives and resources.
The General Superintendent expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great again, adding that every Nigerian must put the past behind to build a great nation for the present and future generations.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, also prayed for Nigeria and calling for God’s blessings on the nation and its citizens.
Osinbajo, who is also a pastor, said that God deserves praises for preserving Nigerians to witness another anniversary of their great nation.
Osinbajo said: “This anniversary is an opportunity to bless our nation; it is an opportunity to declare some blessings upon our nation and upon the people of our nation, of all gathered here and everyone.
“Nigeria, this 58 years of your independence will mark a great new beginning of peace, of prosperity, of abundance.”
Citing Psalm 75 Verses 6 and 7, Osinbajo said that Nigeria would be exalted.
He said: “Nigeria, you will be exalted; you will excel; you will rise beyond imaginations.
“You will be a pride to Africa and the world; in the mighty name of Jesus; this is the season for your exaltation, Nigeria.
“This is the season of your renewal; the season of your restoration; all that you have lost will be restored; where you have failed, you will succeed in the mighty name of Jesus.”
In his prayer on behalf of the group, Nigeria Prays, Gowon prayed for unity, good governance and peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said that because of uncertainties and insecurity, Nigeria had not been able to have a full-fledged Independence Day celebration since 2010.
He thanked God for giving Nigeria the enablement to celebrate her 58th Independence anniversary.
Dignitaries who attended the interdenominational church service include service chiefs, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, members of the Federal Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries and other prominent Nigerians from all walks of life.
Also in the service included, Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, wife of former Head of State, Aguiyi-Ironsi, and Dame Beatrice Ekwueme, wife of former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme.
There were also special renditions from the choir to spice up the service and rendition from the MilitaryBrigade Band in honour of the Nigerian Air force pilot who died in an air mishap which involved two jets while they were rehearsing for Independence Day parade.