Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Sunday declared that contrary to the doomsday predictions, Nigeria will not break up in 2015.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Jubilee World Festival of Word of Life Bible Church in Warri, which had ‘Arise 2015’ as its theme, Uduaghan said: “No matter the external influence, Nigeria will not break up in 2015.
“There are predictions that Nigeria will break up in 2015 but Nigeria cannot break up in 2015,” the governor said, observing: “2015 is going to be a challenging year, and a lot is going to happen, but we shall overcome.”
The governor noted that Nigerians had resolved to remain united as members of a corporate entity, stressing: “We have decided in Nigeria that we shall be one, all the parties in Nigeria have agreed that Nigeria will not break up.”
He commended Oritsejafor and the Word of Life Bible Church for organising the annual jubilee festival which attracted men of God from different parts of the world, stating that the annual festival has brought blessings to Warri, Delta State and Nigeria.
“Papa is the father of all Christians in Nigeria and this fatherhood is the most stressful one, the stress of protecting Christianity in Nigeria, protecting Christians in Nigeria against those who do not wish us well is not an easy one.
“There has never been a time in the history of this nation that we are where we are today, we should be on our knees and pray fervently for Papa, he needs our prayers and for people who can go beyond prayers, please do what you can for him to succeed in what he is doing,” the governor said.
Oritsejafor, also speaking declared, ‘Nothing can break up Nigeria, ‘ adding that anybody wishing the break up of the country would not have his desires fulfilled.
He said the Jubilee Festival would be sustained annually by God’s grace to win souls for Christ and prepare Christians for the years ahead.
Delivering a sermon at the occasion, Bishop Wayne Malcolm who came from London, admonished Christians to always know that God keeps promises, stating that there were three levels of spiritual maturity, little children, young men and fathers, signifying different levels of spiritual maturity.
“As little children, we ask what can God do for me today, young men will ask, what can God do through me while fathers ask, what can God do, it is not about what God can do for me or what God can do through me, fathers are concerned about you,” he said.
Those who accompanied the governor to the service included the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Steve Oru, member of House of Representatives, Hon. Nicholas Mutu; President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria and Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Chief Solomon Ogba; President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick; traditional rulers; aspirants for different political offices; political appointees, among others