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Nigeria observes 62nd anniversary church service

(L-R) Mrs Boss Mustapha, SGF Boss Mustapha, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, HOS Dr Folashade Yemi Esan and Deputy Whip House of Rep Nkiru at the 62nd Nigerian Independence Day Interdenominational Service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

Christians in Nigeria have held an interdenominational church service at the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, to mark the 62nd Independence Anniversary of the nation.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, Service Chiefs, ministers and the diplomatic community were also in attendance.

Prof Osinbajo said a prayer for the peace and progress of the nation taking his reference from the book of the Bible, Deuteronomy 33:25, “as your days, so shall your strength be”, expressing hope that Nigeria will surmount all the challenges bedevilling her to become a prosperous nation.

The 62nd Independence Anniversary comes barely 4 months before the 2023 general elections.

Wife to the SGF, Mrs Boss Mustapha, SGF Boss Mustapha, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo cut the anniversary cake.

CAN’s message to Nigerians

The recently elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Daniel Okoh said despite all the security, economic and social challenges being experienced by the country, there was so much to appreciate God for especially for the uninterrupted democracy since 1999.

The president of the association called on all eligible voters to jealously guard their permanent voters’ cards and to those who were yet to receive theirs, he advised that they do so in order to be fit to exercise their civic responsibility at the polls in the 2023 general elections.

Rev Okoh who gave a sermon tagged “The Righteous Shall Rule the Land”, cautioned Nigerians that “all politicians are not the same”, thereby encouraging them to ensure they vote for quality leadership in the forthcoming elections.

The congregation was ushered into a series of special prayers for 2023 general elections, political aspirants and Nigerians in general.

Representatives of the United Nations, the United States of America, Iraq and several other countries were in attendance.

The Christian Association of Nigeria also declared November 2 as a national day of prayer for all Christians.

The National Ecumenical Centre was beautifully adorned with the national colours; green and white and had Christians from different denominations in attendance.

Reporting by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu