Vice President Yemi Osinbajo expressed concern that there are cracks in the Nigerian state that will lead to the collapse of the country if something drastic is not done immediately.
Osinbajo made this revelation on Sunday, September 26, in Abuja during the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service at National Ecumenical Centre, Daily Trust reports.
The vice president said that amid oppositions from enemies of the nation, the cracks can be mended with consistent prayer and focus.
Osinbajo used the Biblical example of Nehemiah who was very instrumental in rebuilding the broken wall of Jerusalem.
Represented by Secretary-general of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Osinbajo noted that there must be unity of purpose for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria to re-emerge.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for that Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation-building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to break if not properly addressed. Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the Face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls.
Because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.”
Nigeria’s second citizen went on to say that there is a need to note that concerted efforts to achieve this dream will be met with a lot of oppositions from both internal and external sources.
Meanwhile, a religious group had commenced a prayer and fasting session for Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the nations 60th independent anniversary.
Members of the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP) who convened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to pray for the president described October 1st as a “day of covenant.”
The group members, all clerics also said the prayer and fasting session was planned to mark the end of colonial rule in Nigeria.