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LAGOS – Hope of Glory Christian Center general supervisor, Apostle Patrick Oyemike, expressed optimism Wednesday that Nigeria’s glory and dignity would be restored, despite economic challenges and vices.
He said this at the end of the year Thanksgiving and Praise Service, organized by Media Christian Fellowship, VMCF, with the tag: “May the living praise the Lord.”
Oyemike said he was hopeful that God would bless and prosper Nigeria, noting that God is concerned for the well-being of Nigerians.
His words: “The glory and lost virtues of Nigeria will return soon and Nigerians will be saved. I believe there is hope for us as a nation.
“There are some countries that have been discharged, but today they have recovered.
“I will say that Nigeria is just going through its own challenging season. This is our moment of national transformation and spiritual metamorphosis.
“We are metamorphosing into a better country. Nigeria is currently pregnant with a new nation ”.
However, the cleric urged the federal government to take radical measures to ease the burden on Nigerians by providing necessary basic services.
He said: “Those in the leadership position must put Nigeria first; we have no other country than Nigeria.
“The necessary social amenities must be provided because it is very sad to see the state of our roads, the lack of adequate electricity supply and other amenities.”
Despite COVID-19, He’s Alive: Adefaye
At the beginning of his remarks, Media Limited CEO Mr. Gbenga Adefaye said that the company survived despite the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the country earlier in the year.
Adefaye said: “The year 2020, in particular, has been a year like no other. Nobody knew that this year it would be like this in January.
“I would tell you a practical experience. He has a flagship event that we call the “Man of the Year Awards.”
“It is more than just showing the place. It is for a representation of the brand. We have done everything possible this year to mobilize all resources, including finding money to borrow as a loan for the event.
“At 12 hours after takeoff, COVID-19 forced us to turn off and we have not been able to retrace our steps.
“I’ll tell you one thing, COVID-19 or not COVID-19, the newspaper is here, the newspaper is alive, so it’s the same for all of you.
“The message is as usual among us here; we bring you a message of hope. There is hope for you, there is hope for me, there is hope for the newspaper.
“I pray for all of you, we are optimistic, even if there is only one newspaper left standing in Nigeria, that newspaper would be a newspaper.
“With your commitment, support and with God’s help, our dreams will come true.”
Only the living can praise God: coordinator
In his welcoming address, VMCF coordinator Elder Orisi Emmanuel said that the theme of the year was driven by the situation in the country and events around the world.
Emmanuel said: “At the beginning of the year, people were full of expectations, but COVID-19 changed everything.
“The reason for the issue is that it is a demand from God. As long as we are alive, it is obligatory for us to praise God because He is the giver of life.
“Also, this year is like a year of universal attacks. Thousands died apart from COVID-19 that destroyed lives, people died from accidents, stray bullets, kidnappings, among others.
“The tomb that represents the dead cannot praise God, so we chose our theme: May the living praise the Lord.”