ABUJA – Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said Nigeria will be great again in spite of the present hardships in the country. He stated this on Saturday at the dedication of a 100,000 capacity worship auditorium of the Dunamis International Christian Center, Abuja.
Jonathan, who likened Nigeria to the Biblical Israel, said the nation had potentials for greatness, but was experiencing moments of hardship due to inefficient leadership. The erstwhile Nigerian leader said, however, that such periods of difficulties were not eternal because of the prayers of citizens who persevered in asking God for a helper to liberate the entire nation He therefore urged Nigerians to continue in prayer for the nation, saying that the country would rise from the dust to once again take its place of pride in history.
He said: “The story of Nigeria is identical to that of Israel. In some occasion, due to certain circumstances, the nation could go very low. Sometimes the people are taken captives and treated as slaves.
“But, because some of the people are constantly praying (for the nation), from time to time, God will send somebody that will bring them out of captivity.
“We all know that the circumstances in Nigeria today are not the best but because of your prayers, Nigeria will be great again.”
Speaking also, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who said the iconic building called for celebration, declared that the nation would not fail to prosper in the coming years.
“I join my older brother (Jonathan) in rank because he was president to declare on this pulpit that this nation will grow from glory to glory; that all of us will experience the goodness of the Lord in this land and this country will not fail hut prosper,” the VP said.
In his message, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide urged the people to see the auditorium christened ‘the Glory Dome’ as a fulfilment of the prophecy of God rather than an achievement.
“We have not come to celebrate a bison but a divine visitation. This is not an achievement by a fulfillment of prophecy because God commanded it, he also has executed his project,” Oyedepo noted. Meanwhile, Dr Paul Enenche, the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Christian Center, said the multi-billion naira church auditorium was built by his ministry debt-free. His words: “We didn’t borrow any money from individuals or take bank loan for this project. We do owe nobody who is either dead or alive to the glory of God.