Nigerians have to unite, look beyond the current realities and embrace fresh hope.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu gave the sermon at the 63rd Independence Day Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service, held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
She asked Nigerians to thank, praise and worship God, for His faithfulness and love, the while describing the theme of the Thanksgiving, ‘Christ in Me , the Hope of Glory’ as a sharp reminder that hope is not just a phrase.
The First Lady called on all to draw strength from the renewed hope agenda of the Bola Tinubu-led administration.
Her words, “If we do not have hope, how do we become part of this greatness that God has started in the Nation? We find through the love of Christ, a deeper message of hope, especially, in the theme for this year’s celebration, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”.
“Good governance, can only be impactful if we all follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness
The Wife of the President urged Nigerians to yes the occasion to celebrate the unity that defines the nation’s diversity.
“There is no challenge, obstacle, or difficulty that we cannot overcome or surmount if we imbibe the nature of Christ who said in Matthew 11: 28; come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest with your souls.
“In times like these, all we do is to keep our hope alive, the lively hope which Jesus Christ has birthed in us.” She said.
In a message on the theme ‘Christ in Me The Hope of Glory’, the President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji highlighted the need for citizens to put their hope in God.
He urged Nigeria to align themselves with efforts by the current administration to forge a national rebirth, as captured in the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu.
The Church service was attended by Members of the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Members of the Federal Executive Council, Service Chiefs and Members of the Diplomatic community among others.