Youths, beacon of hope for new Nigeria, says Osinbajo
Vice President will position Nigeria, says, support group
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that youths represent the inspiration for a new Nigeria and must be guided with the morals needed to build a sustainable future for the country.
Osinbajo spoke in Lagos at the weekend on the occasion of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church (Ayo Ni O) 50th-anniversary symposium tagged: ‘The State, Society and Church: Beacon of Hope for a New Nigeria’, where he delivered a keynote address.
The Vice President, represented by the Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, said: “As a pastor, who has spent over two decades in the public service, I have unflinching faith in the capacity of the Nigerian people to build a country we can all be proud of.
“Like most of us, I have seen firsthand what Nigerians are capable of given the right environment and support. The Nigerian people, particularly the young people today, who are daring great odds to take their place under the sun, represent the beacon of hope for a new Nigeria.
“We must rise up to meet them with the values required to build a sustainable future, and inspire them towards the moral imperative of doing good and honest work to the best of their abilities, as a service to humanity and to God.”
MEANWHILE, Professor Yemi Osinbajo Support Group has said that the Vice President is the best among the aspirants capable of bringing the desired progress in Nigeria.
The Zonal State Co-ordinator of the group for South-West, Ajibola Ogunmakin, in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, at the weekend, said Osinbajo had displayed leadership capacity through his office as the Vice President.
He said although some Nigerians had pretended not to have seen this, the Vice President is the leader that will position Nigeria to occupy a rightful position among other nations.
Also, the National Chairman of the group, Dr. Babatunde Olokun, in his words, said that having put all aspirants together, Osinbajo is the only one that has office experience as a succeeding aspirant to carry on with the progressive journey.
Olokun, a former lawmaker that represented Remo Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives said: “He (Osinbajo) has been there for seven years; he is a man that will hit the ground running. He knows where the problems lie in governance and ways to resolve the issues. He is intelligent, passionate and will fulfil all his promises.”
He, however, urged Nigerians to choose for themselves a leader that would tilt the country towards a direction of positive development.
Speaking on the role of the church in the nation’s building, the Vice President said: “People of faith, who understand the intersections between the state, society and the church have always been important to our overall state of affairs.
“There is nothing apolitical about faith because religion at its core is pre-occupied with the total welfare of the people. And the state, as far as we are on earth, is one of the key vehicles through which their well-being is safeguarded.
“Even in a democracy like ours, where the church has no direct control of the levers of state, its influence has never been in question. First, its unique moral positioning and authority allow it to serve as a moral arbiter between the people and their governments, inspiring every component of the society to fulfil their duties and obligations to each other with integrity and competence.
“Given its proximity and direct influence on the people, the church possesses a subtle but potent political value, which politicians understand and have always courted. And so, in wielding its power, with integrity and a clear conscience, the church is able to serve as a force for good. We have seen this happen across the world and through time.
“When the renaissance swept across Europe from the 14th century, shaping its economic and political future for generations to come, the church was an inspiring force and key driver.
“Renaissance art drew heavily on religious symbolism, the scriptures provided a moral philosophy, and the church invested heavily in public works, building roads and bridges and a system of aqueducts so far ahead of its time, they still function in cities like Rome, even today.”
At the church’s golden jubilee symposium are the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Isiaka Oladapo Amao, represented by AVM I.G Lubo; 2023 presidential aspirant, Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi, among other dignitaries.