The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called for the rebirth of Nigeria to foster national development at all levels.
Osinbajo made the call at the Independence Day interdenominational church service held at the National Christian Centre in Abuja on Sunday.
The vice-president, who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, urged all Nigerians to contribute their quota to the nation’s development with renewed vigour.
He cited the biblical story of Nehemiah and his role in building the wall of Jerusalem, saying that the historic action should be a lesson to every Christian who was desirous of building Nigeria.
“The concern of Nehemiah was borne out of the love he had for his nation that prompted him to seek permission to rebuild the wall.
“We need such love to rebuild the cracks that we have in our nation. Such people like Nehemiah should cry to God to use the opportunities in the country to address our challenges.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but they have cracks that could break, if not properly addressed.
“We need to seek the face of God to address the broken walls. The wall signified purity, prosperity, peace and contentment,” he said.
Osinbajo called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to provide leadership to the Christian faithful in making Nigeria a great nation.
Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the President of CAN, in his sermon titled “The Crucial Need of Nigeria to Attain Greatness at 60”, called for true love among all segments of the society to move the nation forward.
Ayokunle said that for Nigeria to attain greatness, there was a crucial need for every citizen to imbibe God’s love, which was eternal, sacrificial and unconditional; irrespective of ethnic, regional and religious considerations.
According to him, this kind of love will allow us to serve one another selflessly and build our nation.
“The love we need to embrace in Nigeria is God’s kind of love…Our love for God is hypocritical, our religion appears to be empty; it has not reflected in our holiness at work or market place.
“We need true religion to reposition Nigeria,” he said.
The CAN president called on the leaders at all levels to use their positions to ensure nation building, instead of causing disunity; adding that they should be change agents, who would lead by example to ensure the nation’s progress.
He stressed that for all Nigerians to be on the same page, it was necessary to eliminate the doctrine of inequality, saying that “we must not allow exclusion to manifest in our national life”.
While condemning the spate of killings across the country, Ayokunle called on those hiding under the guise of religion to kill and perpetrate evils to desist from such acts.
“Let us end the blood shedding and indiscrimination. God has promised to make Nigeria great but this requires true love from us.
“Love will help us build trust in one another. There is mistrust in Nigeria today.
“We have refused to do things together due to lack of trust because we suspect one another. With true love, we will be our brother’s keeper,’’ he added.
In her comment, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, called on Nigerians to work together and love one another in efforts to move Nigeria forward.
“Once there is love, there will be fairness and justice,” she added.
The Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate, Prof. Afolabi Borofice, who represented Senate President Ahmed Lawan, members of the judiciary and members of the National Economic Council, among others, attended the church service.