Nigeria will rise from despair, pain of COVID-19 pandemic – Osinbajo

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria will rise from the despair and pain of COVID-19 pandemic, from the tragedies of insecurity and the deprivations of the economic circumstances to a bright new day of abundance, prosperity and joy.

He made this known while making his remark at the occasion of the 11th Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Abuja Diocese on Sunday, he said Jesus, and his promise to us is contained in the words of the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 3:10 where it says, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them.”

According to him, “It is my firm belief that, by the grace of God, very soon, this pandemic will be defeated, and I would have the privilege of that personal meeting with the new Primate, His Eminence, the Most Revd. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Archbishop Metropolitan, Primate of All Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja. “The selection of the theme of this 11th Synod, “Building a Sure Foundation”, is certainly divinely inspired. Everything around us has been shaken and is being shaken by the greatest global threat to mankind in a century. We are in the midst of the greatest economic slump in history, every region of the world is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown in growth”, he said.

He added that there was a day in April when oil, Nigeria precious oil was selling for less than the cost of production. “No one was even willing to buy. Suddenly all we took for granted, from air travel to hugs and even handshakes, have become neither safe nor advisable. “Our own economy faces its worst period in history. We are earning 40% less than we should because oil prices have fallen and few today can afford to pay taxes. The sum and substance of what I am saying is that these past few months have shown us that human ingenuity and planning cannot even assure us that we will live to see the next day”, he said.

He further said any hopes built on the foundation of human understanding and effort is a shaky and an unsure foundation and is bound to fail when the storms and the turbulence come. “But there is a sure foundation, one that never fails. One that cannot fail because the cornerstone and the rock on which it stands is the creator of life itself, the one who made all things on earth, beneath the earth and in the heavens, Our Lord Jesus Christ

“Indeed scripture reminds us of the futility of trying to lay any other foundation. 1Cor 3:11, reminds us “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” That foundation; because it is based on the righteousness of the son of God and not our own righteousness or effort; because it is based on His grace, his love for us; because it is given to us as a gift from the owner of life, cannot fail us”, he said.

He emphasized that in these uncertain times those who know Lord Jesus Christ, will do great exploits. “We will rise above every challenge because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and his promise to us is contained in the words of the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 3:10 where it says, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them.”

He congratulated the Eminence, the Primate, and their Lordships, Archbishops and Bishops present, all members of the clergy of the Anglican Communion, and friends from other denominations on this auspicious occasion of the 11th Synod and I pray that the almighty God will bless and prosper the Church of Nigeria Anglican communion and you all.

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